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Harreld Looking Forward to Fresh Start This School Year

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University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld is beginning his first full school year at the helm in Iowa City. The former business executive took over the job in November of last year amid protests from some faculty and students over his lack of academic background. He says he hopes all that is behind him heading into this school year. 

"From my perspective, we're now hard at work on the real issues of moving the university forward. It feels like we're a lot calmer and much more focused in a lot of ways," he says. 

During this River to River interview, Harreld talks with host Ben Kieffer about the fresh school year, his proposal to try to start funneling revenue from the athletics department into academics and about the new University of Iowa campus in Des Moines. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Digital Producer
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River