Presidential search committee approved

The Iowa Board of Regents approved a 21-member Presidential Search and Screen Committee to find a new president for the University of Northern Iowa.

The committee, approved at the BOR board meeting on Sept. 12, will find a replacement for UNI president Benjamin Allen, who will retire by July 1, 2013.

At the meeting, a motion was made to include Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, because of his role on the Iowa State University presidential search committee. Although there was some concern about having an odd number of committee members for voting, the regents voted unanimously to approve the motion.
The BOR voted on the composition of the committee at their Aug. 27 meeting, and then sent letters to “representatives of the individuals and groups identified for committee membership to make nominations for the committee,” according to BOR documents. BOR president Craig Lang and president pro term Bruce Rastetter reviewed the nominees and created a list of 20 members to present to the BOR for approval. This list passed unanimously.

For a complete listing of the members of the search committee, visit