UPDATE: UNI Passes on Theobald for Presidential Role

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Updated: December 6, 2016

Neil Theobald will be staying at Temple University.

The former Temple University President was one of the three finalists for the position, but was ultimately passed over for the job at University of Northern Iowa in favor of Montana State University Billings President Mark Nook.

Nook is set to take over as President February 1, 2017, with an annual salary of $357,110 as part of a three year contract.

Previous Post: November 28, 2016

Former Temple University President Neil Theobald is being considered for the top position at the University of Northern Iowa.

Theobald is scheduled to participate in a public forum during a visit to campus Tuesday.

Dr. Theobald is one of three finalists under consideration for the presidential role. Over 40 applicants applied for the vacant position left by President William Ruud, who resigned to take a job at Marietta College this summer, his final day was July 2, 2016.

Dr. Jim Wohlpart took over as interim President of the university on July 5. Wohlpart worked at the Florida Gulf Coast University for 21 years before arriving at UNI.

Dan Power, UNI professor and co-chairman of the UNI presidential search committee, told The Gazette of Cedar Falls, IA, that the search committee found Dr. Theobald “extremely well qualified.” He also said that in an interview, Theobald addressed his termination as Temple’s President.

“He did address it in a number of ways, and the search consultants have tried to give us some perspective, too,” Power said. “We’ll all know better after his visit.”

Josh Lehman, Senior Communications Director for UNI’s Board of Regents, told Temple Update the Board will interview all three candidates on December 6, with plans to announce their President-Elect that evening. Dr. Theobald is the only candidate whose name has been announced. They plan to announce the other candidates this week.

To watch the live forum on Tuesday, November 29, click here. For more information on the search for UNI’s next President, click here.

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