FAYETTE, Iowa (February 15, 2013) – Upper Iowa University announced that it has opened the official search for a new president to lead the University and that the new leader should be on board this summer before the 2013-14 academic year begins.
UIU Acting President Richard R. Patrick and UIU Chairman of the Board Robert Firth said the University is working with consultants, AGB Search, to conduct a nationwide effort to find a successor for Dr. Alan G. Walker, who led the University since 2004. Walker announced last month that he has decided not to return from his sabbatical, which is scheduled to end June 30.
The new president will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for the institution and, working with the leadership team, will provide comprehensive oversight and accountability for academic, administrative, financial and all other operations, Firth said. The president will take a prominent role in external relations with the university's stakeholders and in advancing the university's reputation and financial resources, including significant efforts in fundraising and alumni relations.
Alumnus Bill Cook, who is chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said the new president will have the opportunity to shape UIU for years to come by implementing a new board-supported organizational structure designed to further the university's mission and select the university provost.
"The provost structure will be a change from recent years, and reinvigorate our University-wide emphasis on academic excellence," Cook added. "This will be an exciting transition for the entire University, and hiring a president who shares that vision is essential."
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.