Timeline: University of Iowa President Sally Mason

Published: February 28 2014 | 3:46 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:18 am in

Sally Mason has been president of the University of Iowa since Aug. 1, 2007. Here is a partial list of standout events from her time leading the UI.

  • Aug. 1, 2007 -- Sally Mason became the 20th president of the University of Iowa.
  • November 2007 -- UI, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa police officers begin carrying guns.
  • June 2008 -- A flood results in an estimated (as of November 2012) $862.5 million of damage to the UI campus.
  • July 2008 -- The University of Iowa's campus-wide smoking ban takes effect.
  • August 2008 -- Mason mandates all UI faculty and staff to complete sexual harassment training following the arrest of Arthur Miller, a political science professor accused of making inappropriate sexual advances to students.
  • September 2008 -- Mason fires General Counsel Marcus Mills and Vice President for Student Services Phillip Jones following a Stolar Partnership report to the Board of Regents that criticized university officials' response to a rape involving two football players and another UI student at Hillcrest Residence Hall in Oct. 2007.
  • Oct. 2010 -- Mason signs the Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainability Partnership Program Agreement, just one part of the charge she led to make the university more green.
  • Feb. 2011 -- Three University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics employees are fired and two are suspended without pay following their inappropriate access of UI football players' medical records. The athletes were members of a group of 13 who were hospitalized in January 2011 for suffering rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle fibers that can result in kindey failure. A UI report to the Board of Regents stated that a workout, planned and supervised by UI athletic trainers and coaches, likely led to the hospitalizations.
  • July 2011 -- Mason is named 2011-12 vice chairwoman of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.
  • May 2012 -- Controversy arises because of the UI Foundation paying Mason's husband Ken to work as a part-time fundraiser for the school. UI officials and members of the Board of Regents had differing accounts of the agreement's origins.
  • September 2012 -- The UI's total enrollment hits 31,498 students, a record for the university.
  • November 2012 -- Associate Director of Athletic Student Services Peter Gray resigns amid allegations of exchanging football tickets and money for sexual acts and other forms of sexual harassment. Following Gray's resignation, his supervisor Associate Athletics Director for Student Services and Compliance Fred Mims was reassigned to a new department and officials separated and reorganized the compliance and student services unit.
  • March 2013 -- The UI reviews the hiring of Tyler Barnes, a temporary administrative assistant in the athletic department who at the time was engaged to marry the daughter of football coach Kirk Ferentz. Barnes later accepted a position at Vanderbilt University.
  • September 2013 -- Iowa State University tops the UI in total enrollment for the first time since 1979.
  • February 2014 -- Mason apologizes following what she termed "hurtful" comments she made to The Daily Iowan newspaper regarding sexual assault. Mason said that while ending sexual assault on the UI campus would be ideal, it was "probably not a realistic goal, just given human nature."


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