AIB Announces Merger Timeline, Athletics Program Ending This Year

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DES MOINES, Iowa - AIB College of Business held a press conference Thursday to announce more information about the merger with the University of Iowa.

AIB Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Costa said the the last graduating class from AIB will be in June 2016. About 450 students will not be able to finish their degrees at AIB. Counselors will work with students to complete their degrees at AIB or transfer to the University of Iowa. Students wishing to transfer will have to meet the same transfer requirements as other students applying to the University of Iowa.

Meetings were held with student athletes, coaches and staff Thursday afternoon where Athletics Director Al Dorenkamp announced that all athletics programs will be discontinued after the spring season.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced that the University of Iowa will begin Des Moines operations in July 2016. President Mason invited Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa to offer classes at the Des Moines campus.

On January 26, officials from both AIB and the University of Iowa announced that AIB would be gifted to the University of Iowa, becoming the UI's Des Moines campus.

AIB President Nancy Williams said she first talked with UI President Sally Mason about the merger last summer.  However, documents obtained by Channel 13 showed what the public and students were told about the merger was different than what was discussed behind closed doors. The minutes of the January 14 board of trustees meeting shows the sports program would be phased out immediately.  AIB’s president Nancy Williams had said the school hadn’t determined the program’s fate.

Student athletes held a protest on January 30 to protest the decision.

Stay with Channel 13 News and for the latest on this developing story.


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