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The University of Iowa Faculty Senate has issued a vote of no confidence in the Iowa Board of Regents, after the board's selection of the new university president.

The Faculty Senate voted during a meeting Tuesday evening, saying the regents failed the university and the state's citizens by hiring former IBM executive Bruce Harreld.

During nearly two hours of speeches, professors said the regents ignored overwhelming faculty input that Harreld was unqualified.

Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter issued a response Tuesday evening:

"The landscape of higher education is changing and the current ways of operating are not sustainable.  The Board of Regents brought four highly qualified candidates to campus during the search process and discussed their abilities to help lead the University of Iowa through the changes in higher education.

Throughout this process, Board members heard from stakeholders all across Iowa about the type of qualities and leadership needed at the University of Iowa.

After listening to all stakeholder feedback as well as having frank conversations with each of the candidates, the Board unanimously thought Bruce Harreld’s experience in transitioning other large enterprises through change, and his vision for reinvesting in the core mission of teaching and research, would ultimately provide the leadership needed.

We are disappointed that some of those stakeholders have decided to embrace the status quo of the past over opportunities for the future and focus their efforts on resistance to change instead of working together to make the University of Iowa even greater."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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