January 15, 2015
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
I am writing to let you know that after careful consideration and much discussion with my husband, Ken, I have decided to retire.
After eight years at this wonderful institution and with my 65th birthday approaching, I feel that 2015 is the right time, both personally and professionally, to retire.
I have informed the Board of Regents leadership that my last day as president of the University of Iowa will be July 31.
There is much important work for me to do over the next six months. I will continue to work closely with our shared governance groups, my cabinet, and the Board of Regents to advance our key priorities and assure a smooth transition to new leadership.
It has been an honor to serve as the 20th president of the University of Iowa and a privilege to work alongside so many talented faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni. I'm grateful for what we have done together. Your collaborative, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit is the essence of what makes Iowa great.
Together, we survived the worst natural disaster in Iowa's history, and we are coming back even stronger. Together, we made it through the deepest recession since the 1930s, all the while continuing to provide our students with an affordable and high-quality education.
I particularly appreciate what we have done for our students, expanding our first-year experience programs, increasing our retention and four-year graduation rates, adding more financial aid programs, and providing stronger support to help students achieve academically and professionally.
I'm confident about the future of this great university. The strong support of our alumni and donors; the outstanding advancements we are making in research, scholarship, creative activity, teaching, and public engagement; and the energy and talent of our students are reasons to believe that Iowa will accomplish even bigger and better things in the years to come.
Thank you for your support and friendship and for working tirelessly to make this a great university.
The University of Iowa