Week of Inspiration / Presidential Program

In making his presidency official, Bruce Harreld challenged the UI community to call on its legacy of originality and dare to deliver an Iowa education in a new way.

Harreld told hundreds of dignitaries, faculty, staff, and community members gathered Friday, Sept. 16, for his Presidential Program and Reception that it’s time for the UI to return to the tenet that higher education is for everyone.

And to make that possible, Harreld said, access to the university has to be broadened in a multidisciplinary way.

“We must work with secondary schools and community colleges to improve students’ preparation,” he said. “We must do everything possible to drive down our costs while maintaining our competitiveness with other world-class institutions, and we must continue to expand both our geographic and online reach.”

The program at Hancher Auditorium was the culmination of the UI’s Week of Inspiration and Harreld’s official welcome as the university’s 21st president. The event was emceed by philosophy professor Richard Fumerton and included remarks from President Emeritus Willard J. “Sandy” Boyd and a keynote address by 'Funmi Olonisakin, professor of security, leadership, and development at King's College London.

“President Harreld likes people and has an open and inquiring mind,” Boyd said. “He has a passion to lead our beloved university in pursuing its never-ending educational frontier.”

Olonisakin said that the UI is “a gem in the middle of America” positioned to continue doing great things.

“We must work with secondary schools and community colleges to improve students’ preparation. We must do everything possible to drive down our costs while maintaining our competitiveness with other world-class institutions, and we must continue to expand both our geographic and online reach.”

“I think the choice of Bruce Harreld at this point in history means this university is well poised to lead on a global platform during a time of change,” she said.

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