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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Monday will be the first day on the job for the new University of Iowa President, Bruce Harreld.

The hire has cause a lot of controversy since it was announced nearly two months ago.

We talked to students less than 24 hours before Bruce Harreld's first day.

"I don't know much at all actually," said Ewa Lakoma, a student.

Student after student gave similar answers when asked about the new president.

"I got some flyers from some of the faculty here like on my way to class and I did look into it a bit but I'm still kind of in the dark as far as like a lot of the information that's going on," Jordan Samuel told us.

Meanwhile a new group called Iowans Defending Our Universities has formed as a response to the hire of Bruce Harreld.

The group protested a recent Board of Regents meeting and claims the search process to hire Harreld was flawed, and that he isn't qualified for the job.

Despite a large group of students and faculty speaking out, I'm told it's certainly not everyone.

"I definitely have encountered a lot of students who feel very strongly about it but I've also encountered you know, there's just as many who don't really you know have any personal opinions on it," said Sam Feldstein .

Other students claim the issues may largely come from faculty members.

 "I haven't heard any other students talk about the issue at all, which kind of shows like who is more concerned about it," said Samuel.

One student  told us the topic comes up in the classroom, sometimes initiated by students, other times by professors.

 "Really the only kind of information I ever get about it is when it comes up in class, which honestly has been kind of a lot lately," said Feldstein.

 Despite not knowing much about him, students did tell me a new president coming on board automatically raises new questions in their minds.

"Will it affect my education here at the University of Iowa? Will it affect my academic journey at all," asked Samuel.

Students will soon find out the answers to their questions as Bruce Harreld takes over, starting Monday.

"I guess I'll just wait and see what happens," Felstein told us.

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