Northern Iowa Student Government

A Message from UNI President Ben Allen

By: Dakotah Reed on Fri, 11/19/2010 - 14:22

November 19, 2010

Dear friends and colleagues,

Following a recent routine physical exam, I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. This came as a complete surprise, as I have been fortunate to have had excellent health, and there were no indications of a problem. I am in the process of reviewing treatment options with my physician. I expect to undergo surgery in mid-January.

Following surgery, my schedule will be modified and I will not return to work until my physician indicates I am sufficiently recovered. This will probably be four to six weeks. My surgeon expects me to have a full recovery from this relatively routine procedure.

To ensure continuity of operations, Board of Regents, State of Iowa, President David Miles will recommend the appointment of UNI Provost Gloria Gibson as acting UNI president effective with the date of my surgery and continuing until I resume normal duties. This will take place at the Dec. 9 Board of Regents meeting. See President Miles' statement below.

As I have learned during the past few days, prostate cancer is very common among men as they age. According to, "By age 50 as many as one in four men have some cancerous cells in the prostate gland. By age 80, the ratio increases to one in two." I encourage men to get regular checkups.

Ben Allen