Welcome from the President and Executive Vice President and Provost

President Bill Ruud

Welcome from the President

By joining our distinguished faculty you have become part of UNI’s 137-year tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship. UNI’s student-centered approach to providing exceptional learning opportunities is a hallmark of this great university.

It is an exciting time to be part of this university for students and for educators. Our continuous pursuit of higher levels of achievement in undergraduate education, our state leadership in Pre-K through 12 education issues, and our commitment to assisting the state in all facets of economic, cultural and social development are the priorities guiding UNI’s course into the 21st century.

UNI presents a vibrant campus in a beautiful and welcoming community. I encourage you to explore, to become involved and to take advantage of all the amenities our university has to offer in a very personalized setting.

I am confident that you will find your professional association with the University of Northern Iowa to be challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable.

Again, welcome to the Panther Family and best wishes for a rewarding academic year.

Bill Ruud


Interim Provost Mike Licari

Welcome from the Provost

Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa! I hope your experience will be as exciting, challenging, and fulfilling as I have found it to be.

UNI is a dynamic campus, dedicated to academic excellence and beaming with energy and enthusiasm. Faculty are recipients of major teaching and service awards. In addition, their creative activities, research and scholarship bring institutional prestige and contribute to our vision of becoming a leader among the nation's finest comprehensive institutions.

I am very excited about the potential you bring to help move the university to an even higher level of excellence. Dedicated teaching, ground-breaking research and committed service, all play a crucial role in student success and your success. We also strive to become a more inclusive environment, welcoming those of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please get to know not only the colleagues in your department and college, but also those outside your specific discipline. New ideas emerge and become a reality through conversations, exploration and interactions with others.

I believe each and every one of us can make a difference.

I ask you to join me in making a difference that will impact our students, community, state and world. I look forward to meeting you soon and in the months to come, hearing all about your experiences and the many contributions I know you will make to UNI. Have a wonderful academic year!

Mike Licari

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost