University of Iowa leaders support embattled president

Leaders cite accomplishments during Mason's 'determined and skillful leadership'

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University of Iowa President Sally Mason has the full support of leaders of campus student, faculty and staff groups, those organization heads said in a statement Wednesday.

The faculty, staff and student leaders -- the presidents of the Shared Governance bodies -- put out a statement of support, both for Mason and the work of the university, "in light of the negative press regarding the university."

They noted that Mason and her administration have achieved outstanding accomplishments through "determined and skillful leadership."

"Under President Mason's leadership, the University has not only survived but thrived despite a devastating flood, one of the country's worst recessions, and consecutive years of serious budget cuts," the statement said. "The University is now on the verge of a remarkable rebirth of once physically devastated areas of our campus as result of her leadership and the critical support of the regents, legislators and Governor Branstad."

The statement was signed by Faculty Senate President Linda Snetselaar, Staff Council President Earlene Erbe, UI Student Government President Nicholas Pottebaum and Executive Council for Graduate and Professional Students President Michael Appel.

"Faculty, staff, students, and the administration work collaboratively to ensure that the University of Iowa maintains its outstanding reputation and remains an institution of which all Iowans can be proud," the group said.

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