(DES MOINES) - Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the following statements after learning of the Iowa Board of Regents' selection of a new University of Iowa President. J. Bruce Harreld was selected as the new University of Iowa president and will succeed Sally Mason who has transitioned to president emeritus.
"In recent years, the Iowa Board of Regents has conducted effective, nationwide searches for new presidents to lead Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. With each search, the Board has worked diligently to find a president that fits each institution's unique challenges and characteristics," said Branstad. "I congratulate Bruce Harreld on becoming the new president of the University of Iowa and look forward to working with him to ensure Iowa students have access to high-quality, affordable higher education while ensuring that our colleges and universities play a key role in by converting university research into career opportunities for our graduates. "
"Leading a search for a new university president is just one of the critically important roles of the Iowa Board of Regents. I commend the Board for their thorough and deliberative search for a new University of Iowa President that allowed for the public to share their input and meet the finalists," said Reynolds. "I look forward to the opportunity to meet Bruce Harreld and learn more about his vision for the University of Iowa as we continue to work to keep the cost of college education in Iowa low while simultaneously ensuring that each of our students are prepared with an education that allows them to compete for a career in the global economy."