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HARKIN SPAT: Future Of Institute Unclear

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Sen. Harkin is set to retire

An advisory board is meeting Tuesday evening about the future of the Harkin Institute at Iowa State University.

The institute has been involved in a series of public disagreements between Senator Tom Harkin, ISU president Steven Leath, and the Board of Regents over how research should be performed.

The institute was originally supposed to house many of Harkin’s official papers from his forty years in public service. It’s also supposed to provide a forum for research and public policy discussion.

But Harkin has threatened to send his papers to Drake University instead if the sides don’t resolve the disagreement.

The institute’s executive director Dave Peterson says he hasn’t been given any agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting and isn’t sure what board members are planning.

But he questions whether the institute can continue without the cooperation of Harkin in the future.