University of Iowa provost finalist withdraws

Candidate pulls name after landing another job

The Old Capitol building is shown in Iowa City on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The Old Capitol building is shown in Iowa City on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — A third University of Iowa provost candidate scheduled to visit campus Thursday has withdrawn from consideration after accepting an offer for another position, UI officials announced Wednesday.

The university declined to release further details about the finalist for its open executive vice president and provost job — including the post the candidate accepted elsewhere.

“We are not involved with the announcement of the former candidate’s hire elsewhere,” a UI spokeswoman Tricia Brown told The Gazette.

The Thursday visit was to be the third of four finalist visits to the UI campus.

The first named finalist, University of Pittsburgh Executive Vice Provost David N. DeJong, visited Jan. 16 and 17. The second, University of Wisconsin Law School Dean Margaret Raymond, visited Monday and Tuesday.

Both DeJong and Raymond have UI ties.

DeJong earned his doctorate from the university in 1989, also serving as a visiting associate professor in the Department of Economics in 1994.

Raymond just missed DeJong, landing a job as UI associate professor of law in 1995 and working her way up to full professor before leaving in 2011 to become dean in Wisconsin.


During Raymond’s time at Iowa, she served as UI Faculty Senate president, helped search for a new provost — the job she’s now a finalist for — and was appointed to an investigative committee on the UI response to sexual assault allegations against a student-athlete.

She also helped found the Iowa City Police Citizens Review Board.

The fourth and final UI provost candidate is scheduled to visit campus Feb. 7. That person’s name will be announced Feb. 6.

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