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.