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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The Iowa Board of Regents held its regular meeting Wednesday at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

It's the first meeting since many have called into question the board's selection of Bruce Harreld as President at the University of Iowa.

Faculty and student groups have criticized the regents by saying Harreld is not the best choice. 

Board of Regents President, Bruce Rastetter, expressed how he felt about the faculty's no-confidence vote against the board.

He said he stands by his decision to move forward with the president.

Faculty members have expressed concern that Bruce Harreld is not the best person for the job, because he has no background in education, but President Rastetter said that was not the case.     

"He has been on the Harvard Faculty for six years. I certainly wasn't one to get good enough grades to get into Harvard. Harvard is a good school and hires people. Whether you call them lechers or not, he was on the Harvard faculty," President Rastetter said.

President Rastetter said he, and the board, were looking for someone who has worked collaboratively to make organizations better.

He also believes President-elect Bruce Herreld will go above and beyond the status quo of the job, and he's confident the staff will work well with the new president.

As a reminder, President-elect Bruce Harreld is set to begin his career at the University of Iowa November 2015. 

He signed a five-year contract, and President Rastetter said Bruce Harreld is excited to start his career with the university.

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