University Iowa President Bruce Harreld is retiring early, several years before his contract was set to expire, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
In his announcement, Harreld said he would remain in his position until a successor could begin.
Regents President Michael Richards praised Harreld for his service across the years.
“On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to thank President Harreld for his service to the University of Iowa and the entire state,” Richards said in the statement. “I have appreciated the tireless work that he has put in over the past five years, keeping UI among the nation’s top public universities. He has been dedicated to the success of our students, faculty and staff, and always willing to listen to and engage with the university community.”