December 11, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A former University of Iowa athletic administrator has been reassigned to the school's construction staff amid potential litigation brought by her partner.

The school said Thursday that Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director since 2001, will start in the facilities management office next week.

Athletic director Gary Barta announced last week that Meyer would be reassigned because the school faces a likely lawsuit by her partner, fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Barta says that keeping Meyer in the department's leadership presented challenges and the reassignment came at the advice of legal counsel.

Griesbaum's attorney has said the reassignment, which doesn't affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary, smacks of retaliation.

The move does not affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary.

Paula Jantz will replace Meyer as the department's senior woman administrator.

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