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More than 70 in running for Iowa State presidency

Geoffroy stepping down by July 2012

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy listens to the Board of Regents meeting at Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)
Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy listens to the Board of Regents meeting at Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

Iowa State University had 72 candidates who applied or were nominated as of Wednesday to become the school's next president, state regents heard Thursday.

A search committee will submit three to five finalists to the state Board of Regents this fall. The regents are looking for a successor to Gregory Geoffroy, who will step down from the ISU presidency by July 31, 2012 after 10 years at the helm.

The level of interest shows the respect and reputation of ISU, Regent Bruce Rastetter told the regents in giving the search update. Rastetter is one of two regents serving on the presidential search committee.

It's important in the initial phases to keep candidate names confidential, Rastetter said, but the finalists will be brought to campus for a public interview process, he said. The search committee meets again Aug. 16 and will review applicants.