- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The executive director of the Iowa Board of Regents is a finalist for a higher education job in North Dakota.

A search committee reported Thursday that Robert Donley is one of eight finalists for the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System.

Donley has been the top staff member since 2008 for the board that governs Iowa’s three public universities.

He applied for the North Dakota position last week, writing that he believed his “experience on a state and national level” can benefit its higher education system and citizens.

Donley declined comment Thursday, but acknowledged his candidacy through a spokeswoman.

Leaving Iowa could cost Donley a bonus. The regents approved a two-year, $125,000 deferred compensation plan if Donley’s on the job Aug. 31, 2016. He earns about $160,000 annually.

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