An Interview with UNI's Next President, Mark Nook

Dec 8, 2016

The University of Northern Iowa’s new president, Mark Nook, says his first priority is developing UNI’s budget during the 2017 legislative session.

“And then…looking at what we can do…making sure they’re solid because they’re such an important part of our budget," he says. "More importantly, though, those enrollments are such an important part of Iowa’s future. Making sure we’ve got students from Iowa into our universities and getting the degrees and education they really need to be able to go out and lead in this state.”

On this weekly news roundup edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Nook, who was selected earlier in the week by the Board of Regents to be UNI’s President, effective February 1, 2017.

Also included on the show, interviews with: IPR reporter Amy Mayer, on what Gov. Branstad's new appointment may mean for U.S.-China agricultural relations; Press Citizen reporter Jeff Charis Carlson on a canceled alt-right speaking event at Iowa State University; Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew on a proposal he thinks can help lessen recidivism for DUI arrests; Quad City Times reporter Deirdre Baker talks about a solar energy project considered by Davenport schools; and Alan Wanamaker of Iowa State University shares information on his research related to ocean climate.