Business expert with little education experience selected as next University of Iowa president

Associated Press

The University of Iowa's governing board has named a corporate management expert with little education experience as the school's next president.

The Iowa Board of Regents announced the selection Thursday of J. Bruce Harreld, a former senior vice president at IBM and Harvard Business School lecturer.

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The choice is likely to stir criticism among professors who see him as unqualified and spark debate over whether business experience is enough to lead a major university.

The regents passed over three candidates with traditional academic experience in favor of the 64-year-old Harreld.

Harreld argues that his experience transforming businesses such as IBM and Kraft Foods would help the university during a time of change in higher education.

He will replace Sally Mason, who retired last month after leading the school since 2007.