By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The committee searching for the next University of Iowa president has recommended a slate of finalists to the Iowa Board of Regents.

Committee chair and interim school president Jean Robillard said Wednesday the names of recommended finalists will remain confidential for now.

He said the candidates have to still be convinced to come to campus for final interviews before the regents make a selection, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 4.

Robillard spoke on a conference call after the 21-member committee concluded two days of interviews at an airport hotel in Chicago with nine candidates.

He says the interviews went well, and candidates were asked about education, research, diversity, student life and other matters. He says the committee feels “extremely good and very positive” about those who might replace retiring Sally Mason.

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