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CONTRACT EXPIRATION: Governor Agrees With Regents

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Governor Branstad addressed concerns over a recent Iowa Board of Regents vote on Monday.

The Governor said he agrees with the board’s decision to allow University of Iowa President Sally Mason’s contract to expire, making her an “at will” employee.  He cited concerns about things that have happened under Mason’s leadership.

“I think a lot of people are concerned about the lack of transparency that we`ve seen at the University of Iowa in a number of instances, and that is of concern to me because I`ve been one that`s always been a believer in openness and transparency in the way we operate in state government. I think there are some disconcerting things about events that have happened there.” 

The most recent controversy involves allegations that university officials destroyed documents detailing people’s dissatisfaction with the College of Education Dean, Margaret Crocco. 

Crocco stepped down from her position Monday, after serving as Dean since July 2011.   An interim dean is expected to be announced later this week.