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MSUB chancellor interviewing at UNI

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Two years after accepting the chancellor position at Montana State University Billings, Dr. Mark Nook, 58, is interviewing for University of Northern Iowa's top position.

Dr. Nook is the third and last finalist to be interviewed for the presidential position.

Before taking the chancellor position at MSUB, Dr. Nook worked as a Physics instructor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

No stranger to the Hawkeye State, he also earned his master's degree in Astrophysics at Iowa State University, and a doctorate in astronomy from UW-Madison.

When hired at MSUB in 2014, Dr. Nook accepted a salary of nearly $198,000.

When President Bill Ruud stepped down from UNI's top position, his last annual salary was $357,110 plus campus housing.

According to Montana State University Communications Director, Aaron Clingingsmith, "we certainly understand Mark and Cheryl’s desire to get closer to their kids and grand kids.  We also recognize that President positions across the country don’t come up too frequently and this is a great opportunity for Mark to return to Iowa, where he grew up.”

In May 2014, Dr. Nook became MSUB's chancellor during a time of budget cuts and declining enrollment.

The last meetings for the presidential search are expected to wrap up Dec. 5 to review candidates' criteria.

Nearly 5,000 students attend MSUB, and fewer than 12,000 students attend UNI.

Interim-president Dr. Jim Wohlpart also applied for UNI's top position, and his open forum was held Wednesday.

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