- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The board that governs Iowa’s public universities is praising University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud even as it accepts his resignation to lead a far smaller college.

The Board of Regents approved a resolution Thursday praising Ruud for increasing enrollment, cutting student debt, raising millions of dollars and hiring key administrators. The resolution expressed the board’s “deep gratitude” for his service.

Ruud is leaving after three years to become the president of Marietta College, a private school in Ohio. The board had declined to extend his expiring three-year contract.

Ruud says he’s leaving with “very mixed emotions” but says he’s proud of his accomplishments. He says leading Marietta is “a wonderful opportunity.”

The board appointed UNI Provost Jim Wohlpart as interim president while it searches for Ruud’s replacement.

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