By Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2021

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Officials have announced that University of Northern Iowa Provost Jim Wohlpart is resigning to become the newest president of a public university in Washington state.

Wohlpart announced the move Thursday after being hired to lead Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. His new position is effective in June, when he will replace outgoing CWU President James L. Gaudino.

Wohlpart has served as UNI provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the past six years. He also served as the Cedar Falls school’s interim president from July 2016 to January 2017.

Central Washington has an enrollment of near 16,000, compared with about 10,000 at UNI.

Mark Braun, executive director of the Iowa Board of Regents, said in a written statement that Wohlpart has served the University of Northern Iowa “with great distinction.”

“While this is clearly a loss for UNI, the board is excited for Provost Wohlpart as he accepts this great professional opportunity,” Braun said.

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