The process of selecting a new leader for one of the state’s three public universities is entering its next phase.

The 21-member search committee looking for the next University of Northern Iowa president will be meeting over the next three days to interview six semifinalists. The interviews, which are not open to the public, will take place at a hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The committee plans to narrow the field to three or four finalists. Those finalists will be invited to the Cedar Falls campus later this month for public interviews.

Former UNI president Bill Ruud resigned this spring when he was selected as president of Marietta College in Ohio. The Board of Regents is expected to name his replacement at its December meeting in Cedar Falls.