How the president of the University of Iowa changed shared governance
When Bruce Harreld first took the helm as the University of Iowa’s president in 2015, members of the four shared governance branches were initially hesitant.
Harreld’s appointment came after he was voted “least qualified” by faculty and community members, key constituents in the shared governance process touted by universities as a model for sharing responsibility among those affected by higher education administration decisions.
Alongside negative reviews from the UI community, the search also included closed door meetings with members of the state Board of Regents. These private meetings lead to a lawsuit, but were found to not violate Iowa’s Open Meeting laws.
Little did campus leaders know that this former businessman would evolve the way shared governance communicated with the top Hawkeye during his six-year tenure at the university.
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