After challenging tenure, University of Northern Iowa president retires

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Ben Allen, 66, a native of Indiana who came to UNI after being provost at Iowa State, announced his retirement in August after months of tumult. Faculty and community members were upset by program cuts and the closing of Malcolm Price Laboratory School, moves Allen said he had to make for the future of the university.

But the retirement option first took shape when Allen was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010.

“The cancer got me to thinking before the decisions (about cuts) were made,” he said.

Now cancer-free and healthy, Allen said seven years was long enough at the helm of UNI.

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