Campus leaders support embattled U. Iowa president

Published On: Dec 12 2012 10:38:51 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 12 2012 10:37:01 AM CST
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

Faculty, staff and student leaders are issuing a public statement supporting University of Iowa President Sally Mason, whose job security appears shaky amid criticism from the school's governing board.

The presidents of the Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and student governments for undergraduate and graduate students said Wednesday the school has made "outstanding accomplishments" during Mason's five-year tenure. They say Iowa "has not only survived but thrived" despite a devastating flood, a historic recession and years of budget cuts.

The statement comes days after the Iowa Board of Regents revealed that it let Mason's five-year contract expire and she's now an at-will employee.

The regents also directed Mason to improve the university's public relations, and Gov. Terry Branstad last week criticized what he called a lack of transparency under Mason.