U of Iowa President Criticized, Interrupted at Forum

February 24, 2016

In his first open forum as president of the University of Iowa, on Tuesday, Bruce Harreld was repeatedly interrupted, criticized and urged to resign, The Gazette reported. Many faculty members opposed his selection as president last year, saying he was unqualified, and the forum suggested he has not won many critics over. When he spoke at length before taking questions as expected, someone shouted, “Answer our freaking questions …. A town hall meeting is not a monologue.” Others shouted, "Questions, questions." When Harreld was asked questions, he didn't provide many answers, repeatedly turning questions around and asking people to help with whatever issue they identified. He also repeatedly said that the university needed new economic models to thrive. Many asked Harreld to resign, but he indicated that he has no plans to do so.

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