Inside Higher Ed
September 2nd, 2015
A nontraditional candidate. Concerns about faculty input. A
lightning-quick final round of interviews. Each of these factors is
present in the hunt for the University of Iowa’s next president, a
search that is underscoring tensions common today over executive
searches in higher education.
The Board of Regents that governs Iowa’s three public universities is
in the process of interviewing four finalists for Iowa's top spot and
is expected to make its choice on Thursday, just 24 hours after the last
finalist’s campus visit.
Sally Mason, Iowa's president for eight years, retired last month.
The search for her successor has many faculty members concerned about
the transparency of the process and the choice of a finalist with
limited academic experience.