The Iowa Board of Regents will vote next week on whether to end a contentious and often embarrassing episode surrounding the creation of the Harkin Institute at Iowa State University.
An item on the board’s agenda for August 7th is a request to dissolve the institute.
Retiring Iowa senator Tom Harkin intended to leave his official papers to Iowa State for study and the university began fundraising and creating a structure for the institute.
Conflict with the university’s president over how the papers were to be used and who would be able to use them led Harkin to renege on his promise and give the papers to Drake University instead this spring.
The ISU Foundation has contacted donors who made contributions to the institute and have redistributed the funds according to their wishes.