NOT WORRIED: U of I President Responds To Critics

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The University of Iowa President says she isn’t worried about her contract, despite a recent flurry of criticism from the Board of Regents and the Governor.

In August, the Regents voted against renewing Sally Mason’s contract, and asked her to better define her goals as the President of the university.  Documents surfaced recently that showed Mason has been working without a contract as an “at will” employee since that time.

Governor Branstad voiced criticism of Mason for what he says is a lack of transparency at the school.

Some of that criticism stems from the resignation of Athletic Advisor Peter Gray, who is accused of sexually harassing students since his hiring in 2002.

In response Mason told the media, “I would say, Governor let’s sit down after this, have a cup of coffee and let me find out what your concerns are so I can clarify for you what is going on. There’s no reason for you not to have as much information as you feel you need.”

Branstad says any decision on her future at the University of Iowa will be left to the Board of Regents.

On Wednesday, faculty, staff and student leaders rallied around their President and issued a statement supporting Mason’s work. It says under Mason’s leadership the university survived a flood and serious budget cuts. The statement also says retention has increased and faculty research improved during her tenure.

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