- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The longtime No. 2 administrator at the University of Iowa is leaving to become president of a Florida college that focuses on aerospace education.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said Wednesday that UI Provost P. Barry Butler would start next month as the school’s president.

The university is based in Daytona Beach and claims an enrollment of more than 30,000 at campuses in Florida, Arizona and online.

Butler had been UI provost since 2010 and at the university since 1984, serving previously as dean and professor in the engineering college.

Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees chairman Mori Hosseini says Butler received a “100 percent endorsement” from everyone involved in the search. Hosseini says Butler will take the school “to the next level.”

Butler says he’s thrilled to join “a very special institution.”

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