University of Iowa President Sally Mason has the full support of leaders of campus student, faculty and staff groups, those organization heads said in a statement Wednesday.
The faculty, staff and student leaders — the presidents of the Shared Governance bodies — put out a statement of support, both for Mason and the work of the university, “in light of the negative press regarding the university.”
They noted that Mason and her administration have achieved outstanding accomplishments through “determined and skillful leadership.”
Mason said numerous times Wednesday she is satisfied with a deferred compensation package she has with the state Board of Regents that runs through June 2016, and when asked if a lack of long-term contract gave her concerns about her job tenure, Mason said “not at this point.”
“The contract issue to me is not one that I have much concern over, especially given the way I’ve been treated,” she said.
Mason addressed a range of topics during a 45-minute news conference, including what some have criticized as a lack of transparency under her leadership. Recent incidents that have garnered scrutiny include the UI handling of sexual harassment complaints against former Athletics Department adviser Peter Gray and disagreements between UI administrators and faculty in the College of Education, which led to the resignation of the dean this week.
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