To the editor:
The hiring of Bruce Harreld by the Iowa Board of Regents has been an epic fail and I am not talking about the murky hiring procedures. What I am talking about is communication with the taxpayers of Iowa. All we have heard from board members is platitudes and generalities.
When asked why he was hired, the only response has been to reiterate the challenges facing large state universities. Yes, we are all well aware of those issues. What we don’t know is why Harreld is the best person to face those challenges. What skill set does he possess that makes him such an important leader to meet the challenges of the future?
We would like to know what specific things about him intrigued you so much that you relentlessly pursued him to interview for a job he repeatedly told you he did not want, why you went out of your way to make sure he ended up here in Iowa, and the unique qualities he demonstrated that caused you to ignore the recommendations of your own faculty and student partners in this process?
Lacking specifics, we are left on our own to ask and answer these questions; never a good idea. Please help us understand why you made your decision and maybe we can begin to be more supportive.