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Give UI's new president Harreld a chance

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Brad Franzwa, Brian Hulke, Joshua Cook, Jeri Smith, guest columnists

A group of independent University of Iowa business professionals would like to officially welcome President J. Bruce Harreld to the University of Iowa with an official “Vote of Confidence” in his selection.

We understand the financial pressures put on the university as well as prior failures and inefficiencies that have resulted in numerous expensive fixes that may or may not have made any difference in future success. We also understand that some of the world’s greatest leaders may not have been born experts in their field or have CVs that are 150 pages long. Some transformers were simply guides putting together teams that achieved greatness on their own.

Many faculty and staff are ready for a dramatic change. We’re ready for a different direction, one that perhaps is bold and innovative. A direction that may result in faculty and staff once again striving to be their best and create a new energy that translates into a greater institution. Bringing success that will trickle down to the very core students and patients that define our very existence.

We understand that the overall faculty and student groups have condemned the process and hiring of Mr. Harreld. Well to that, we stand up and shout back, “Give the guy a chance! Pull up your britches, refocus your energies, put your pitchforks back in the garage, and let’s get to work to make the University great again!”

Signed, the faculty and staff at the University of Iowa who want to give J. Bruce Harreld a chance to once again prove that he can turn something good into something great.

Brad Franzwa

Brian Hulke

Joshua Cook

Jeri Smith

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