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