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Branstad Concerned About Lack of Transparency at Univ. of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he's concerned of about "a lack of openness" at the University of Iowa under the administration of President Sally Mason.

"I think a lot of people are concerned by the lack of transparency that we see at the University of Iowa in a number of instances. And that is of concern to me because I have been one who's always been a believer in openness and transparency in the way we operate in state government, and I think there are some disconcerting things about things that have happened there," Branstad said Monday.

The university has taken some hits in recent weeks. On Monday, the dean of its college of education, Margaret Crocco, resigned after a vote of no-confidence in her leadership last month and the resignation of seven members of the department's Faculty Advisory Committee last week.

Last month, Mason also publicly apologized for the university's handling of former athletic department official Peter Gray. Gray was the subject of an internal report that accused Gray of violating the school's sexual harassment policies.

Mason has been working without a contract since July 31.

"The regents have made a decision and I was aware of this decision last summer not to give her a contract, rather to keep her on as an at-will basis because they have not been satisfied with some of things that have happened at the University of Iowa," Branstad said.

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