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UNI and IPR invite presidential candidates to education forums

July 11, 2012

Ben Allen, UNI president, 319-273-2566,

Mary Grace Herrington, Iowa Public Radio, 515-725-1700,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums.

Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. The education forums provide a focused opportunity for each candidate to address education in the pivotal state of Iowa. The forums are free and open to the public, and will be recorded and broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Radio.

"The role of education and education policy reform are important national issues being elevated in the presidential candidate campaigns," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "As an institution known for its role in preparing teachers, and one that prides itself in affordable and accessible high-quality education, it is important to bring these candidates and their education policies to Iowans."

Each candidate will have 30 minutes to present his education platform and priorities for early childhood through postsecondary years. Another 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience and moderator, as they relate to the topic of education only. The forums will be moderated by Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer, host of the award-winning program, "River to River."  

For more information about these forums and invitations to candidates, contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president and board for governmental relations at UNI, at 319-273-6144. 

IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. More than 200,000 listeners tune in weekly.