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June 11, 2007

Purdue provost candidate for University of Iowa presidency

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Provost Sally Mason on Monday (June 11) issued the following statement after the University of Iowa announced that she was a finalist for that university's presidency:

"Representatives of the University of Iowa presidential search committee contacted me this spring and asked me to consider becoming a candidate for the position. I am deeply honored by this invitation, and I agreed to consider the possibility because Iowa is one of our great universities. I have had the privilege of working with many outstanding faculty members and administrators from that institution, and I am deeply impressed with the quality of the programs and people there. However, I have not made a decision to leave Purdue, which remains my primary focus. At this point, I have not visited the Iowa campus or met with the university's regents. After I have done so, we will decide whether there is mutual interest in my remaining a candidate for the Iowa presidency. I am looking forward to my visit and to learning more about this wonderful university and its people."

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Note to Journalists: The University of Iowa news release is available online at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/june/061107finalist-mason.html

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