U. of Illinois official to be next U. of Iowa president

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa’s governing board on Friday picked the University of Illinois System’s No. 2 official to be the Iowa City faculty’s next president, choosing an skilled educational chief to succeed a president with a business background.

The Iowa Board of Regents appointed Barbara Wilson to succeed Bruce Harreld, who’s retiring after main the campus since 2015, after interviewing 4 finalists in closed session.

Since 2016, Wilson has served as the manager vice president of the University of Illinois System, which incorporates 90,000 college students and 6,000 college members on three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. Previously, she served because the interim chancellor on the flagship Urbana-Champaign campus in 2015 and 2016.

The board stated that Wilson’s preliminary contract would start July 15 and run by June 30, 2026. She’ll be paid an annual wage of $600,000, and earn up to $400,000 yearly in deferred compensation.

Wilson stated she is happy to get to work.

“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves,” she stated. “We’re going to make the University of Iowa as good as it can be and even better.”

The different finalists had been University of Iowa schooling dean Daniel Clay, Penn State legislation and worldwide affairs dean Hari Osofsky and George State University provost Wendy Hensel. The 4 had been really helpful to the regents by a campus search committee that interviewed 12 semifinalists out of an preliminary pool of 79 preliminary candidates.

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