CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The president of the University of Northern Iowa is reportedly leaving the university and the state for a job at a different academic institution.
Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says UNI president William Ruud will be leaving the university for Marietta College in Ohio. Ruud will be Marietta’s 19th president starting July 3.
Regent officials declined to comment to the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Wednesday after an anonymous source told the paper about the news. Officials told the Press-Citizen that Ruud’s employment status would be confirmed in an announcement Thursday, however, a statement from the Board of Regents released Wednesday evening confirmed the Marietta position.
Rastetter’s statement reads:
The Board of Regents thanks President Ruud for his extraordinary service to the University of Northern Iowa and the state. Under his leadership, there has been great progress made at UNI, and he leaves UNI in a stronger position than when he arrived.
The Board wishes President Ruud and his wife, Judy, well with this new opportunity at Marietta College and in all their future endeavors.
Marietta University’s website further confirms the news, welcoming Ruud, his wife, Judy, and their dog, Fuzzy, on the homepage. According to a university news release, Ruud was unanimously elected by the Marietta College Board of Trustees, picked among more than 100 applicants nationwide.
Ruud started serving as UNI’s 10th president in 2013 after President Ben Allen retired. Ruud was under a three-year contract and is paid $340,000 per year.