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U. of Iowa Presidential search committee looking at 44 candidates

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The search for a new University of Iowa president is ramping up. Saturday, Jean Robillard, the university's vice president for medical affairs, becomes interim president. He says he wants his term to be short and free of controversy.

He's also leading the committee to find a new president. They're currently evaluating a pool of 44 candidates. Interviews will be done August 11-12. He hopes a new president will be selected by early September and in place by the end of the year.

Friday is Sally Mason's last day. She  announced earlier this year she would be retiring after eight years as president. She's lead the way towards recovery after the floods of 2008 caused more than $1 billion worth of damage to campus.

It's been a slow process. In fact, the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union just re-opened last month.

Other accomplishments: freshman retention rates and four-year gradation rates have gone up since she started.

While her presidency has been plagued by multiple sexual assault scandals, she says she's proud of the Six-Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault she announced last year and the work done since.

Mason has said she plans to continue working with the university as needed -- especially on fundraising efforts she helped start. In her retirement, she plans to spend more time with her husband at their home in South Carolina.

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