The Iowa Board of Regents, its president Bruce Rastetter and acting University of Iowa President and chair of the search committee Jean Robillard, have corrupted the process by which the selection of the university’s next president was conducted. We now have a growing body of evidence, cited in reports in the Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register, the Chronicle of Higher Education and other respected media, that the presidential search was a charade in which the least qualified candidate among the finalists was pre-selected.
Bruce Harreld was appointed in spite of having falsified his resume, an act that would have led to his dismissal in almost any other employment circumstance.
He had prior communications with members of the search committee and an invited campus visit before he had even declared his candidacy. He had a personal conversation with the governor during the selection process, something not afforded any other candidate. The search committee was coerced into what its leadership termed a “consensus” even though there was not unanimity, and the committee ultimately disbanded before candidates were brought to campus.