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Board of Regents announce Dr. Mark Nook as new UNI president

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Dr. Mark Nook was named president of the University of Northern Iowa by the Board of Regents this afternoon. 

The University of Northern Iowa Faculty Union released a statement shortly after: 

The president for University of Northern Iowa’s faculty union has expressed strong support for the Iowa Board of Regents’ decision to appoint Chancellor Mark Nook from Montana State University Billings to the position of UNI President. United Faculty President Joe Gorton said the search process and the selection of Dr. Nook reflect well upon the regents and their search committee. “I think the board and the committee deserve to be congratulated on a job well done. Their methods aligned closely with presidential search guidelines established by the American Association of University Professors and their decision is consistent with the findings from our survey of UNI professors and instructors.”

Two other candidates for the position were Neil Theobald, former president of Temple University and Jim Wohlpart, UNI’s interim president. Nook has been Chancellor for MSU Billings since July 2014. Prior to holding that position, he served as the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System. “I’m sure his experience in executive positions was an important factor in the board’s decision. But it’s also important that he is eager to have a genuine collaboration with faculty.” 

The search process was accompanied by substantial concerns. In 2015, problems with the Board of Regent’s selection of Bruce Harreld as President of the University of Iowa led the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to issue a sanction against the University of Iowa. Gorton thinks the UNI search could be grounds for removing that sanction. “I think the national AAUP will definitely take it into consideration. After all, the sanction was primarily intended for the Board as a way to encourage them to work in accordance with AAUP principles. This search process and the outcome achieved seem to demonstrate that we have achieved that goal.” 

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