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New UNI president to be announced Thursday; Ghosh out

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Avijit Ghosh - removed himself from the search Avijit Ghosh - removed himself from the search
Michael Wartell - one of two finalists Michael Wartell - one of two finalists
William Ruud - one of two finalists William Ruud - one of two finalists
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The Board of Regents will announce the next president of the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday.

Drs. Michael Wartell and William Ruud are the only two finalists after an announcement came Tuesday that Dr. Avijit Ghosh withdrew his candidacy.

The Board of Regents will meet at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Thursday, the Board will meet with both candidates for the final stages of the search to replace current President Ben Allen.

Dr. Wartell, of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, will meet with the Board between 9 and 9:30 a.m.; and Dr. Ruud, of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, will meet with them from 10:45 until 11:15 a.m.

Then, after a closed session for deliberation, the Board will elect the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa.

A reception for the newly-appointed president will start around 4:30 p.m.

Current President Ben Allen's retirement becomes official July 31.

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