William Duffy will be the new president of Upper Iowa University, the school’s board of trustees voted last week.
Board chairman Bob Firth and Trustee Bill Cook, head of the presidential search committee, made the announcement Friday at the end of the regular board meeting. The search committee had recommended five candidates to the board from which is could choose three finalists to bring to the Fayette campus for interviews, but the board unanimously decided to select the internal candidate without the further interviews, according to a news release.
Duffy has been Upper Iowa’s senior vice president for academic extension for four years, responsible for all off-campus offerings, including 19 Upper Iowa centers in the United States. Last fall he also assumed leadership for the UIU Integrated Enrollment Center.
Before joining Upper Iowa, Duffy worked for 12 years as executive director at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree from Appalachian State University and his doctorate from the University of Memphis.
Duffy begins as president immediately.