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IOWA CITY (AP) -  Students, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa are making it clear they want candidates for university president committed to addressing sexual assaults on campus and creating a more diverse and inclusive campus.

   The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the university held three town hall meetings Friday as the process of finding a successor for Sally Mason begins. She retires in July.

   Some students expressed their desire to have a president with a faculty background and research experience rather than one coming from the corporate world.

   Faculty member Laurie Haag says she wants "an intellectual leader for the state" and faculty Senate Vice President Christina Bohannan is looking for someone who understands that "freedom of expression and the marketplace of ideas are not in tension with racial diversity."

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