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Try Again

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Section: The Faculty
Volume 53, Issue 15, Page A8

December 1, 2006

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TRY AGAIN: The Iowa Board of Regents has disbanded the search committee for a new president of the University of Iowa, announcing that it had set no timetable or process for finding new candidates. The regents, saying they wanted to find someone with broader experience, had rejected all of the original search committee's recommendations.

The university is seeking someone to fill the shoes of David J. Skorton, who left Iowa in June to take over the presidency of Cornell University. The apparent secrecy of the search proceedings has irked some Iowans: One open-government advocate said last week that the regents had not properly announced a series of meetings about the search. Meanwhile, Gary C. Fethke, a former business dean at Iowa, is serving as interim president of the university until the search concludes.