Thursday, September 10, 2015

U. of Iowa Faculty Members Vote No Confidence in Board of Regents

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 9th, 2015

Faculty members at the University of Iowa on Tuesday voted no confidence in the statewide Board of Regents, less than a week after the regents fanned a controversy at the state’s flagship university by unanimously appointing J. Bruce Harreld as its next president.
The no-confidence vote was largely symbolic, but it signaled growing discontent over the board’s hiring of Mr. Harreld, a former corporate executive who has no experience in higher-education leadership. Professors who attended Tuesday’s meeting of the Faculty Senate said the vote was the first step in showing the state of Iowa that faculty members were fighting to uphold the academic ideals of the university, even as they asserted that its governing body had not.

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