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Four University of Iowa president finalists to visit campus

Regents unveil public form schedule

The Old Capitol Building between Jessup Hall (left) and MacLean Hall (right) on the Pentacrest on campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
The Old Capitol Building between Jessup Hall (left) and MacLean Hall (right) on the Pentacrest on campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

IOWA CITY — Four candidates over the next two weeks will be introduced to the University of Iowa campus as possible successors to former UI President Sally Mason.

The state Board of Regents on Thursday announced a schedule for on-campus public forums with the four chosen as finalists to become the next UI president. Names of the finalists will be made public 24 hours before he or she arrives on campus. In addition to names, each candidate’s curriculum vitae will be made available on the UI presidential search website.

After the campus visits, the Board of Regents will convene Sept. 3 to interview the finalists and choose a new president. The schedule leaves one day between the last public forum and the board’s final selection “to ensure faculty, staff, and students have an opportunity to submit feedback to the board.”

Members of the campus and community can provide input through a website set up by Parker Executive Search.

Below are dates and locations for the forums, which all will go from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

• Aug. 27, a Thursday, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union

• Aug. 28, a Friday, in the IMU main lounge

• Aug. 31, a Monday, in the IMU second floor ballroom

• Sept. 1, a Tuesday, in the IMU second floor ballroom

The Sept. 3 meeting with the board of regents, part of which will be closed to the public, will be held in the IMU main lounge.

Live audio streaming of each forum will be available on the UI presidential search website, along with recordings once they end.

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Former UI President Mason in January announced plans to retire July 31 after eight years leading the Iowa City institution.

A 21-member committee charged with searching for a new president last week spent two days interviewing nine candidates in Chicago. The committee chose those individuals it wanted to interview from a pool of 46 applicants.

From that group of nine, the committee recommended finalists to the Board of Regents, who extended offers to come to campus, according to UI Interim President Jean Robillard, who also is head of the search committee.

So far, all candidate information has been kept confidential, but Robillard has said the finalists are “outstanding.”

“They all would make good presidents,” he told reporters following the Chicago interviews. “There’s no question about that.”

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