IOWA PRESIDENT: Leadership Change Possible

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University of Iowa

Iowa’s largest public university could be in for a leadership change.

Current University of Iowa president, Sally Mason is working without a contract. Mason’s 5 year contract ended on July 31st and the state Board of Regents is asking for changes before considering a new contract.

Documents released today show Regents voted unanimously not to renew Mason’s contract in august. She is now working as an at-will employee.

Regent president, Craig Lang, says Mason has been instructed to improve the university’s statewide outreach and to improve relations with the Iowa legislature.

Likely adding to the Board of Regent’s concerns is the handling of the investigation into Peter Gray.

The academic adviser for student athletes resigned November 5th after an internal investigation found him guilty of violating the school’s sexual harassment policy.

Gray was accused of making sexually-explicit comments to students and for exchanging nude photos of students for Hawkeye football tickets.

The Board of Regents is awaiting another internal report on the incident. 

However, Regents president, Lang says, “What is very clear is that some of the faculty failed to take the initial training that they`re supposed to take every year.  I believe that there needs to be a full implementation of the policy we passed after the incident in 2008.”

That incident was the alleged rape of a University of Iowa student by 2 Hawkeye football players.

In that case, the Board of Regents ordered an independent investigation after Mason failed to turn over letters from the victim’s mother during the initial internal investigation.