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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The search for a new University of Iowa president is beginning. Tuesday the Iowa Board of Regents officially accepted Sally Mason's resignation. She announced her plans to retire last week.

While the Board of Regents and Mason have clashed on issues like her communication with them, this meeting Regents all praised her for her accomplishments.

"During her leadership, President Mason demonstrated remarkable leadership and very difficult challenges," said Bruce Rastetter, Board of Regents President.

The Regents are now looking for the university's next president.  A search group will form soon though no timetable has been set.

Mason's last day as president will be July 31 and Regents say they may need to have someone work on an interim basis so they can select the right person to be the next president of the University of Iowa.

"We will not be backed into a short timetable to rush things," said Rastetter.

Mason has decided to join the university as a tenured faculty member after her retirement as president -- though the first year she won't be teaching classes.

"I'm going to stay as active on the fundraising front as they want and need me to be until there's a new president in place and I can turn those responsibilities over to that person," said Mason.

Regents believe Mason's accomplishments -- recovering from the flood of 2008, improving four year graduation rates, and raising more than a billion dollars -- will help in the search for a new president.

"The results have left this university, the University of Iowa, stronger than ever," said Rastetter.

Regents say this presidential search will be similar to recent ones at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. 
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