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Former IBM Exec Named UI President

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The Iowa Board of Regents has hired Bruce Harreld as its 21st president.  The Board has unanimously approved him to replace Sally Mason, who retired last month.  Harreld is a former IBM executive and Harvard Business School Faculty member.

Harreld was the only one among the four finalists for the UI presidency who was not already leading a college or university.  At his public forum in Iowa City Tuesday, many people challenged his qualifications to head a major university.  Many others on campus have questioned the quality of the search firm that vetted candidates for the job.

Harreld 's salary has been set at $590,000.  He takes office November 2nd.

In a statement, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said he looks forward to working with Harreld, "to ensure Iowa students have access to high-quality, affordable higher education while ensuring that our colleges and universities play a key role in by converting university research into career opportunities for our graduates. ”