University of Iowa president J. Bruce Harreld stands with the new VP for student life Melissa Shivers during the grand opening ceremony for Elizabeth Catlett hall on Friday, July 28, 2017. Catlett is the largest residence hall on campus, housing 1,049 students. Elizabeth Catlett was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Fine Arts. The residence hall has its main desk and mail room on the third floor, which is accessible from the T.Anne Cleary Walkway. Another additional entrance is off of Madison Street on the first floor. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

No pay raises for Iowa university presidents this year


The state Board of Regents’ university presidents and regent leadership agreed to not raise the presidents’ salaries statewide. Steve Gettel, the superintendent of Iowa’s special schools, is the only institutional head to receive a boost in compensation.


University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld’s salary is $590,000 and has not changed since his hiring in the fall of 2015. The decision to not raise the university presidents’ compensation comes after the state Legislature cut upwards of $20 million from the regent universities’ budgets in fiscal 2017.

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