New UNI president lauds “pride & humbleness” of staff

The University of Northern Iowa’s new president has been on the job for almost a week. William Ruud started at the Cedar Falls school on Friday, May 31st and yesterday he met with the board that governs the university.

“I’m thrilled to serve at the University of Northern Iowa,” Ruud said. “I look forward to listening and learning and getting to know to know faculty, staff and students, alumni, each one of you and our statewide leaders.”

Ruud had been president of Shippensburg, a state-supported university in Pennsylvania with a student body of almost 8000. UNI’s enrollment is about 12,000.

“Already I am impressed with the unique sense of pride and humbleness at UNI, where everyone works tirelessly in their efforts for the benefits of students first,” he said.

Ruud used his Wednesday afternoon appearance before the Board of Regents to “publicly thank” state lawmakers for providing UNI with more state support.

“What they have demonstrated for the University of Northern Iowa is greatly appreciated,” Ruud said. “I feel fortunate to begin Fiscal ’14 with an additional $10 million of additional state resources and new resources for economic development, STEM education and plans to begin the upgrade of the Schindler Education Center.”

Ruud is the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa. He succeeds Ben Allen, who retired after presiding over spring graduation ceremonies the second weekend in May.