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September 6, 2015

Harreld tenure offer raises academics' eyebrows

Bruce Harreld, the newly appointed president of the University of Iowa, is eligible for a tenured faculty position in the UI Tippie College of Business, according to contract details released Friday by the Iowa Board of Regents.

But UI officials said Friday he has no plans to seek tenure.

Harreld, whose experience is in corporate leadership and not university administration, said in a public forum Tuesday he would not demand a tenure position as a condition of his employment. No such tenure provisions were included in the initial contracts for Iowa State University President Steven Leath or University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud, although such status was granted to Leath later.

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