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Allen announces retirement from University of Northern Iowa

August 3, 2012

James O'Connor, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Craig Lang, president, Board of Regents, State of Iowa, (515) 289-3934


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen announced today that he will retire by July 1, 2013. 

In making the announcement, UNI's ninth president cited several major initiatives that were completed during his tenure.

"It has truly been an honor serving as president of UNI these past six years," said Allen in a message to faculty and staff. "Pat and I believe this is a very special place and we have enjoyed working alongside so many talented students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university."

During his six years at UNI, Allen has stressed three primary goals for the university: to become the leading undergraduate institution in the state; to be known as a national leader in pre-K through 12 issues; and to enhance the economic, social and cultural development of the state.

Allen's key accomplishments at UNI include:

-       A leadership role in Iowa's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative

-       Establishment of the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

-       Meeting the UNI Foundation's "Imagine the Impact" campaign's $150 million goal one year early

-       A visit to UNI by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

-       Managing UNI through some of the toughest economic times in recent history

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct a search to replace Allen. He will plan to retire no later than July 1, 2013, based on when a new president is appointed and is ready to take over. Allen was named UNI president in April 2006. He assumed his duties in June 2006.