Upper Iowa University President Resigns

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By Ellen Kurt

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) — The president of Upper Iowa University in Fayette is stepping down after going on sabbatical in the fall.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that university officials announced Wednesday that Alan Walker has resigned. Walker, who has led the school since 2004, has been on sabbatical since September.

Reasons for the sabbatical and the resignation have not been released.

Robert Firth, chairman of the Upper Iowa board of trustees, says the university increased enrollment and enhanced programs under Walker's leadership. Firth credited Walker for "the global university that is Upper Iowa today."

Officials say the university will embark on a national search to find a new president. A search committee will be comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees.

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