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September 30, 2015

Big University of Iowa donors back new president, say support will not falter

IOWA CITY — Shortly after being chosen as the next University of Iowa president, J. Bruce Harreld called Roy J. Carver Jr. to introduce himself to one of the school’s most generous philanthropists.

Carver, chairman of the Carver Charitable Trust that was created through the will of his father and that has given more than $100 million to the UI — said he had a “nice chat” with Harreld.

“He seemed like a nice gentlemen and very thoughtful,” Carver said. “I think he was trying to solidify some support for his selection.”

Harreld’s lack of academic leadership experience has made him a controversial choice for president among UI faculty, staff and students. But he won support from several donors including Carver, whose family’s generosity has been recognized in buildings and programs on campus, including Carver Hawkeye Arena, the Carver College of Medicine and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building.
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