University of Iowa president Sally Mason says she plans to retire. Mason released a statement today saying the Christmas break gave her a chance to reflect on how she and her husband would like to spend the next few years and she decided it was time to retire. Mason will turn 65 in May and plans to retire on August 1st.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the president of this great institution. I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made in enrollment, student retention, and our four year graduation rate. When you look at the success of our fundraising campaign and the outstanding advancements in research, scholarship, and creative activity on this campus, it’s clear the university is poised for growth,” Mason said in her statement.
Mason became the University of Iowa’s 20th president in August 2007, less than a year before the campus suffered historic flooding during the summer of 2008.