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IOWA CITY (AP) -

A lawsuit argues the University of Iowa presidential search committee repeatedly violated the open meetings law and that its actions should be voided.

The petition filed by retired dental professor Harrold Hammond adds another layer of controversy to the search, which ended with the selection of businessman Bruce Harreld.

Hammonds alleges the 21-member committee held meetings that were improperly closed and inaccessible to the public.

Among other meetings, the lawsuit challenges two days of closed interviews the committee conducted with nine finalists last month near Chicago.

A state lawyer says the committee "substantially complied with" the law.

Hammond filed a similar lawsuit after Sally Mason was named president in 2007.

In a 2009 settlement, the search committee admitted to numerous open meetings violations and pledged compliance during future searches.
 

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