Week of Inspiration / Presidential Program

More than a year after the Board of Regents announced his hiring, J. Bruce Harreld on Friday officially was installed as the University of Iowa’s 21st president during a ceremony attended by state and local dignitaries that included Gov. Terry Branstad and UI President Emeritus Willard “Sandy” Boyd.

“President Harreld likes people and has an open and inquiring mind,” Boyd said during the event. “He’s had diverse and broadening experiences, and he has a passion to lead our beloved university in pursuing its never ending educational frontier.”

Speakers at Harreld’s installation acknowledged the bumpy start to his tenure. His hire prompted protests and votes of no-confidence in the Board of Regents, who selected Harreld — a former IBM executive with no academic administrative experience — despite widespread criticism of his candidacy.

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Cedar Rapids Gazette