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September 25, 2015

University of Iowa Liberal arts college faculty rebukes new president

Several University of Iowa faculty, staff, and student groups recently have issued votes of no confidence or letters of disappointment in the Board of Regents for the process it followed in hiring businessman J. Bruce Harreld to become the next University of Iowa president.

But on Wednesday the Faculty Assembly for the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — the largest on campus — become the first group to come out against Harreld himself.

“We spoke with our constituencies and decided we needed to make a unique and strong statement,” said UI language and literature professor Russ Ganim, who serves as president of the college’s Faculty Assembly. “Our concerns deal with professional ethics.” 

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