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September 30, 2015

Branstad tells UI faculty to 'calm down' over Harreld hire

Gov. Terry Branstad advised faculty members at the University of Iowa Tuesday to “calm down” and give incoming President Bruce Harreld a chance to prove himself as the school’s 21st leader.
The Republican governor called it “outlandish” that dozens of UI faculty members representing the institution’s largest college recently called for the “immediate resignation and/or dismissal of the existing State of Iowa Board of Regents” for hiring Harreld as the new president.

“For them to advocate for me to do something illegal is inappropriate and they should know better,” Branstad told reporters in response to a faculty vote of no confidence in the university’s nine-member oversight board and a demand that he appoint new regents who will be “broadly representative” and uphold core values — a move he says he has no authority to do.

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