Regent Interviews with UNI Candidates Mostly in Closed Session

By Diane Heldt, Reporter

University of Northern Iowa's Benjamin Allen, left, and Provost Gloria Gibson speak during a press conference to discuss the cut in place for the university Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Three finalists for the University of Northern Iowa presidency will give opening statements in public sessions next week, but the majority of their interviews with the state Board of Regents will be conducted in closed session.

The agenda for next week's regents meeting, to be held Wednesday and Thursday in West Des Moines, was released today. The interviews with the UNI candidates are set for the Thursday portion of the meeting, to begin at 9 a.m.

Each candidate is scheduled for 30 minutes for an introduction and opening statement, followed by a one hour closed-session interview with the regents. The first candidate is to start at 9 a.m., the second candidate at 10:45 a.m. and the third candidate at 12:45 p.m.

The board will deliberate that afternoon, with the selection of the new UNI president after that, according to the agenda. UNI President Ben Allen, who has led UNI since 2006, is retiring.

The three finalists are: William N. Ruud, president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; Avijit Ghosh, senior adviser to the president of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; and Michael A. Wartell, chancellor emeritus and professor of chemistry at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
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