After five years, eight months and fourteen days of blithering administrative idiocy, illegitimate University of Iowa president J. Bruce Harreld is now Iowa’s former illegitimate president. As warranted I will log any lingering developments on the Harreld front in this post, but I honestly don’t expect to hear from him again unless he is called to testify in court. (When this post scrolls you can find it by searching for ‘epilogue’, or clicking the ‘Harreld’ tag in any other Harreld post.)
07/20/21 — On the same day that UI President Barbara Wilson held her first press conference with local media — something I do not believe her predecessor ever did in more than five and a half years in office — the Gazette’s Vanessa Miller reported that projected athletics losses from the pandemic were substantially less than originally anticipated. In that report Miller also included additional info about the terms of the $50M loan from UI to its own athletics department, but there was no additional information about where that cash actually came from. (in an earlier report, UI CFO/Treasurer Terry Johnson had given a greasy answer about the origins of that money.)
Also of note, as was the case with the naming of the then-new UI Children’s Hospital after the Stead family — which was in turn the culmination of the rigged hire of former illegitimate UI president J. Bruce Harreld in 2015, as orchestrated in part by Jerre Stead — the Iowa Board of Regents are pre-announcing another anonymous ‘naming’, which will be revealed at the last possible minute as allowed by law prior to or at the next regent meeting. The very fact that the board is not revealing the name now means the bureaucratic process by which the naming has been granted will likewise be corrupt.
On the tuition-hike front the numbers are now out, and at the bottom of p. 7 of that agenda item the average cost of attendance for undergraduate students at the University of Iowa is set to increase more than $1,000 for the upcoming academic year, and that doesn’t include differential tuition hikes which may be added for certain major or degrees. Not only is that roughly five times more than the increase at Iowa State, and over nine times more than the increase at Northern Iowa, but a whopping $456 of that increase comes from ‘other’ costs that are being levied against UI students. Hopefully there will be some explanation about that sharp price hike/money grab, particularly given that the other regents universities are increasing those ‘other’ costs $0.
Update 7/21/20: The AP is reporting that the University of Iowa is planning to name the field at Kinnick Stadium after Duke Slater. Apart from the glaringly obvious fact that the university is now suddenly making decisions like this as a defensive hedge against rightful accusations that both the athletics department and academics have been hostile to people of color, the decision itself is fine. As to why the university and Board of Regents are not announcing this sooner, my guess would be that they are not looking forward to dealing with blowback from the racist trash among the fans, donors and state politicians who otherwise support the Hawkeye football team and Iowa athletics generally. So yet another bureaucratic profile in cowardice.
07/15/21 — So today is finally the day. After enduring five years and eight months of illegitimate, unqualified and incompetent leadership, the University of Iowa — the state’s one-hundred-and seventy-four-year-old flagship public university — once again has a legitimate, qualified and competent president. In advance of incoming president Barbara Wilson’s first day on the job, the Iowa Board of Regents recently released details about her contract, and on Tuesday the Gazette’s Vanessa Miller reported on the terms of that deal: New University of Iowa president contract includes notable adds.
Were we completely oblivious to the administrative abuses of power that took place at the University of Iowa and at the Iowa Board of Regents over the past six years, the information in Miller’s report might seem perfunctory and banal, but only because Miller is a disciplined beat reporter who sticks to the facts. Because we are not oblivious, however — as attested to by myriad posts in these virtual pages over that same time frame — Miller’s straight reporting still gives us a tantalizing glimpse behind the scenes at the board’s apparently contentious split with the former UI president. Although the university and its governing board often obscure and omit information until they are compelled to do otherwise — including, if necessary, by judicial decree — here the details Miller reports and the context she provides seem to cast a bright light on the machinations which took place around and following the surprise resignation of the former Iowa president. [ Read more ]