Thursday, September 3, 2015

UI faculty, staff, and students appreciate the opportunity for the open exchange of ideas offered by the UI presidential town hall forums. UI shared governance groups regret that while many members of the UI community asked thoughtful questions at Mr. Harreld's town hall forum, some of the questions transformed a vigorous debate into a hostile atmosphere. Many of our constituents were embarrassed by these comments and felt they were not characteristic of the UI community as a whole. Indeed, many of us engaged in respectful dialogue with Mr. Harreld throughout the day. Whatever any of us think of a particular candidate’s qualifications to be our next president, we must honor the ideals of civil discourse and the respectful exchange of ideas that are the cornerstones of higher education and this great institution.