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December 07, 2016

University of Northern Iowa didn't pick former Temple head to be new president

After a nationwide search, officials at the University of Northern Iowa have decided against hiring Neil Theobald as their next president.

Theobald, the former president of Temple University, was one of three finalists for the position. Theobald was ousted by Temple's Board of Trustees in July because of a budget shortfall.

The 12,000-student midwestern university announced Tuesday that its new president will be Mark Nook, the chancellor of Montana State University, who will start in February.

During his 75-minute forum on Nov. 29, which each finalist for president was required to hold at the university, Theobald said he had resigned from Temple "on principle." 

Temple's Board of Trustees voted "no confidence" in Theobald last summer after former Provost Hai-Lung Dai also was ousted for ties to a $22 million over-allocation of scholarships.