UNI President To Retire; He Says Backlash Over Cuts Not A Factor

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University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen will retire next summer, prompting the second search in as many years for a university president by the state Board of Regents.

Allen’s announcement comes after a tumultuous year during which he implemented a series of unpopular cuts at UNI because of a $5 million budget gap.

Allen, 65, this spring oversaw the elimination of about one-fifth of the school’s academic programs and buyouts of more than 40 tenured faculty. The university this summer also closed UNI’s Malcolm Price Laboratory School, where student teachers received training and research was conducted.

Allen said undergoing treatment for prostate cancer last year forced him to think about how he wanted to spend his time. He said he and his wife, Pat, made the decision after spending time this summer with their grandchildren.

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