Opportunities, Challenges Await New UI President

August 28, 2015

By Josh O'Leary at The Des Moines Register

When the new University of Iowa president sits down for his or her first briefing on campus, there will be no shortage of issues on which to be brought up to speed.

From a changing student population to potential funding cuts to controversy in the Athletics Department, the successor to Sally Mason will be charged with guiding the university through a pivotal moment in its history.

The new president also will inherit a number of once-in-a-generation opportunities. Seven years out from the flood of 2008, UI has navigated federal bureaucracy and local construction schedules to stand ready, within the year, to open a new School of Music, Art Building and Hancher Auditorium. Increased recruiting efforts have led to record numbers of incoming students, both from within the state and from around the world. And the UI Foundation is in the homestretch of its $1.7 billion fundraising campaign that is the largest in its history...

Schools: University of Iowa