Iowa Board of Regents

Statement from Board of Regents President Mike Richards

March 25, 2021

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With President Harreld announcing today that his last day as University of Iowa president will be May 16, I have asked UI Dean of the Graduate College John Keller to serve as interim president until the next permanent UI president begins their duties. This appointment will be presented to the full Board of Regents at its April 14 meeting for consideration.

Dean Keller has had a long and distinguished career at the University of Iowa, having been with UI since 1988. He is the longest-serving graduate school dean in the Big Ten conference, and recently announced he will step down from that position on July 31. I am very grateful that Dean Keller is willing to take on the role of interim president until the new president starts.

Dean Keller also serves as co-chair of the University of Iowa Presidential Search Committee, and will remain in that role. He is not a candidate for the permanent position of president. Due to the diligence and hard work of the search committee, we anticipate being able to hire the next UI president on April 30.

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