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UPDATE: Timeline for UNI presidential search

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The Iowa Board of Regents responds to three lawmakers concerned about how the search for a new UNI president will go.

Those lawmakers sent a letter to the board asking for specific steps to make sure the UNI search to replace Bill Ruud would be different than how the hiring process was handled at the University of Iowa last year.

The board says the UNI search will be transparent.

It already had two listening sessions with people from campus and will have two more next week.

KWWL is also getting a look at the proposed timeline for the search.

The official presidential search could be launched next month with a deadline for applications in mid-October.

Finalists would then be identified in November with the selection of a new president happening, possibly, by December.

**Letter to Sen. Rob Hogg, Sen. Jeff Danielson, Sen. Brian Schoenjahn**

Honorable Senators:

Thank you for the questions raised in your letter of August 12, 2016, regarding the search for a new president at the University of Northern Iowa. First and foremost, we will be conducting an open and transparent process, very similar to the last UNI presidential search process, which will bring candidates to campus in November for meetings with constituent groups prior to Board of Regents interviews of the finalists in December.

The process began with the Regents seeking input from the campus community with a series of four August listening sessions. Two have been completed, with input from approximately 130 individuals. Additionally, two more are scheduled for the week after the start of classes; and for those unable to attend, there will be a survey link on the UNI Presidential Search web page providing them the opportunity to give input.

The first meeting of the search committee is scheduled for August 29th. The twenty members of the search committee will represent faculty, staff, students, and community members. The deadline for campus leaders to submit nominations is August 22nd. When the positions are filled, the committee names will be published.

We have worked closely with the AGB consultants regarding the search timeline to ensure that the committee and the consultants will be able to access as much feedback as possible during the search process. For your information, the draft timeline is attached. Note that we have added an additional meeting to the process: the search committee will meet with the Board of Regents to discuss the attributes of the candidates the committee has selected as finalists. Per Iowa’s Open Meetings law, the candidates may request that this discussion happen in a closed session.

The AAUP guidelines for university presidential searches provided the backbone for the UNI process. Dr. Dan Power will co-chair the search with me and shares my dedication to a fair and transparent process in the selection of the next president of UNI. Please contact me with additional questions or suggestions.


Katie Mulholland, Ed.D. Board of Regents President Pro Tem Co-Chair, UNI Presidential Search Committee


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The University of Northern Iowa is starting the 2016 fall semester without an official replacement for President Ruud.

The Iowa Board of Regents is still searching for the new president.

President Ruud left UNI for the same position at a much smaller college in Ohio.  

His departure earlier this summer came as a shock to many in the community.

UNI's Provost, Dr. Jim Wohlpart is currently serving as the university's interim president.

Months after the Iowa Board of Regents did not renew UNI President Bill Ruud's contract, the search for a replacement is underway.

Many worry that search will result in a similar situation to the protesting and turmoil that resulted at University of Iowa with the recent appointment of President Bruce Harreld.

President Harreld's appointment was surrounded by accusations and lawsuits that some of the Board of Regents were not open in their search and conducted closed door meetings to hire Harreld.

 Now, local lawmakers are demanding the board be more open in their second president search in less than 2 years. 

 Saying in a recent letter to the board, President Harreld's selection process, "did not adhere to the high standards Iowans expect" from the board. 

 Lawmakers are asking that the process, "actually and fully involves the faculty and students in the spirit of shared governance." 

 The senators ending their letter requesting a list of very specific steps on how the Board of Regents plans to be open and include the UNI community in the decision.

 The board announcing earlier this month they have hired a new company out of Washington D.C. to help in the search process.

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