Stolee to serve as interim ombuds officer

Jessica Stolee, human resources coordinator in extension and outreach, will begin serving as ISU's interim ombuds officer beginning Jan. 23.

Stolee succeeds Elaine Newell, who has served as ombuds officer since the post was created in the fall of 2008. Newell recently accepted a position as legal counsel to the Iowa State Court Administrator.

The ombuds officer provides confidential assistance to ISU employees and students, helping them informally work through challenges in the workplace or at school. 

"We're very grateful to Elaine for helping us launch this useful service, which over the past eight years, has helped many members of the ISU community," said chief of staff Miles Lackey.

The ombuds office is located in 37 Physics Hall. To make an appointment with the ombuds officer, call 294-0268 or email For more information, see the ombuds website.

The search for a permanent ombuds officer will start soon and "we hope to have someone on board before the end of the semester," Lackey said.