Iowa Growing Top University Leaders

The media is obsessed with David Skorton’s Facebook presence. From the January 23 Inside Higher Ed article “Cornell Turns to Iowa (Again) for a President” :

At Iowa [Skorton] has placed an emphasis on connecting with undergraduates — notably creating a profile for himself on Facebook, and using the popular Web site as a way to stay in touch with his hundreds of undergraduate Facebook friends.

And later on a little bit of trivia:

The University of Iowa may increasingly be seen as a market place for — among other things — university presidents. Skorton’s three immediate predecessors left for the top jobs at the University of Michigan (Mary Sue Coleman), Cornell (Hunter R. Rawlings III, who preceded Lehman and has been back in Cornell’s president’s office since Lehman left) and Dartmouth College (James O. Freedman). In 2003, Texas Tech University hired Jon Whitmore, then Iowa’s provost, as president.

That is something.


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