IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A day before the decision, the University of Iowa’s governing board was warned that choosing Bruce Harreld as president would badly damage its relationship with the faculty.

In a Sept. 2 email obtained by The Associated Press, Faculty Senate President Christina Bohannan told the Board of Regents that Harreld had a “clear lack of faculty support.”

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She warned that choosing him over three other candidates who had “tremendous support from campus constituencies” would lead to calls for a no-confidence vote in the regents. She says regardless of how the vote turned out, “it is hard to see how the Regents’ relationship with faculty could thrive under such circumstances.”

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The next day, the regents voted unanimously to hire Harreld, a former IBM executive with no prior experience in higher education administration.

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