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Hogan out for Delaware presidency

Kathryn Fiegen

Iowa City Press-Citizen

December 2, 2006

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UI Provost Michael Hogan is out of the running for the University of Delaware presidency, he confirmed Friday, but he still is interested in the Iowa post.

Patrick Harker, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, will be the next president at the University of Delaware.

Hogan said he spoke with university officials at length Wednesday.

"We went through everything from my point of view and their point of view, and we decided it was best for us to go our separate ways," Hogan said.

Hogan said he accepted a nomination to apply for the position in late September and did an on-campus interview there. He said he has received nominations for other positions around the country, but he did not name or accept them.

He said the position at Delaware was attractive in many ways.

"Delaware is a very good university," Hogan said. "There are terrific people and it was a highly professional search. But it's different from Iowa. It's kind of a public Ivy (League school) in the sense that it is relatively small. It's principally a premiere undergraduate university. Those are some of Delaware's attractive features. It's also privately-governed."

But, he said, his experience is best suited to a university such as UI.

"I've been at a public, publicly-governed, research university, and Delaware is very different," Hogan said. "I look at them and say, 'Do I fit there?' They also knew of my continuing interest in the Iowa position."

Hogan is one of four candidates recommended to the Iowa state Board of Regents by a search committee. However, the Iowa state Board of Regents rejected all four candidates on Nov. 17 and disbanded the search committee, evoking much criticism and concern.

Hogan said he was hopeful the board will reconsider the four finalists.

"I have confidence that the regents will spend time and careful deliberation about what the best course of action will be for the university," he said.