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University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announces May 16th as his last day

UI Dean of the Graduate College John Keller asked to serve as interim president until the next permanent University president begins their duties.
University of Iowa presidential candidate J. Bruce Harreld delivers remarks during the fourth...
University of Iowa presidential candidate J. Bruce Harreld delivers remarks during the fourth and final public forum for candidates at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus in Iowa City on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 12:57 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced on Thursday that May 16th will be his last day at the University. Harreld had previously stated that he would remain in the role until the committee found his successor.

UI Dean of the Graduate College John Keller has been asked to serve as interim president until the next permanent University president begins their duties. This appointment will be presented to the full Board of Regents at its April 14 meeting for consideration.

Keller has been with the University since 1988. He is the longest-serving graduate school dean in the Big Ten conference, and recently announced he will step down from that position on July 31st.

Keller also serves as co-chair of the University of Iowa Presidential Search Committee, intends to remain in that role and is not a candidate for the permanent position of president, according to a statement.

Campus visits are now scheduled for finalists to be the next president at the University of Iowa.

In a letter released by outgoing President Bruce Harreld to students and staff, those visits will happen in mid-April. The Board of Regents will meet to elect a new president on April 30th.

“Our new president will find a community of scholars, researchers, and students ready to take the next step toward a remarkable future,” Harreld wrote in the letter. “Each of you has created a university that, by all measures, has improved over the past five years. Student retention is up, and the university is setting new records for national and international scholarships, research and grants, and national academy selections. We have much to be proud of, and I have no doubt the university is headed in the right direction.”

Harreld says the Board has asked him to stay in the position until May 16th, because that will allow the next president to start at a time of their own choosing.

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