- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two more University of Iowa’s presidential search committee members met eventual pick Bruce Harreld during his campus visit several weeks before his name was released as a candidate.

Business school dean Sarah Gardial and Faculty Senate President Christina Bohannan confirmed Wednesday they attended a speech Harreld gave at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in July and had lunch with him.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Harreld also met Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and search committee chair Jean Robillard. Robillard had invited the former IBM executive to talk about business leadership to UIHC administrators, and he did so without charge. No other candidates were invited for similar presentations.

Harreld was announced as a finalist Aug. 31 and named president days later. Critics say he received special treatment.

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