Magazine article Academe

Governance Report Faults Iowa Board of Regents

Magazine article Academe

Governance Report Faults Iowa Board of Regents

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In late summer 2015, the university of Iowa academic community experienced a crisis in governance when its statewide governing board selected as its new president a businessman with no background in higher education administration. A search committee chaired by the vice president for medical affairs selected four finalists, three of whom held high academic administrative positions at other institutions. the fourth, actively recruited by the president of the state board, was the eventual appointee. the search committee chair then disbanded the search committee, leaving its faculty members with no role in the selection of the appointee.

It came as no surprise to the university of Iowa faculty to be informed a week or two later that the board's choice had accepted the offer to assume the presidency and would be taking office on November 2. …

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