Inside Higher Ed
September 4th, 2015
Come November, the University of Iowa will have a businessman with
little experience in academe at its helm -- and many faculty members and
others in Iowa City aren’t happy about it.
The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously appointed former
IBM senior vice president Bruce Harreld as Iowa’s next president,
despite outspoken criticism of Harreld as lacking the necessary
qualifications to lead a university.
Harreld was one of four publicly announced finalists for the position
and the only one without experience in higher education administration.
He is a consultant who formerly worked as an executive at IBM, Kraft
General Foods and Boston Market Company restaurants. His higher
education experience is limited to eight years as an adjunct business
professor at Harvard University and Northwestern University.