Tuesday, September 1, 2015

From Corporate Leader to Flagship President? A Finalist at the U. of Iowa Sparks Faculty Worries

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 31st, 2015

When the last of four finalists in the search for the University of Iowa’s next president visits the campus on Tuesday, some professors will be on edge.
J. Bruce Harreld, a business executive turned consultant, will be the fourth prospective president to visit the institution. The three candidates who preceded him — Michael A. Bernstein, provost of Tulane University; Joseph E. Steinmetz, provost of Ohio State University; and Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College — are cut from fairly traditional presidential cloth.
But Mr. Harreld’s résumé is highlighted by executive positions in the corporate world: He was a senior vice president at IBM for 13 years, president and a member of the board of the Boston Market Company for two years, and chief information officer at Kraft General Foods, where he led the frozen-foods unit. He is now the managing principal at his own consulting firm, Executing Strategy LLC.

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