Thank you for this email.
I want you to know that the entire Board of Regents supports Iowa State in this difficult situation. As president of the Board I have been working closely with President Geoffroy to help in every way to make the best of a very difficult situation.
Your point on the University of Iowa's vote in favor of accepting the University of Nebraska into the Big Ten is well taken. However, the vote was cast by President Mason, not by the Board of Regents. And that is an important distinction. As president of the University of Iowa, she has the same obligation to represent the interests of the University of Iowa as President Geoffroy has with respect to ISU.
Should the Board have directed the University of Iowa to support ISU by voting no or abstaining on the Nebraska decision? That is a very fair question.
The Board's Administrative Procedures expressly delegate responsibility and authority for the administration of athletics to the president of each university. From the research provided to me by our staff, it would have been unprecedented for the Board to have directed the president of one of our universities how to vote on this sort of issue. While governance of the institutions is in the hands of the Board, each of our presidents must know that we respect and support their role as the chief executive of their respective institution.
Moreover, as you noted, the outcome for Iowa State would not have been different if the University of Iowa had voted differently. You are also correct that there are events taking place that are beyond the control of ISU, the Board, or the Big 12. We remain focused on doing those things that will improve the outcome for Iowa State.
Still, I know that it is important that we not only support ISU, but that ISU alumni, fans, and supporters know that we support Iowa State. To that end, today I issued a second statement of support for ISU, President Geoffroy and Athletic Director Pollard. In that statement I say in part that all Iowans -- not just Cyclone fans -- have a stake in the continued success of Iowa State.
Iowa State University is an outstanding institution academically and in terms of its athletic programs. Athletic conferences have changed before, and will again. While I would not pretend that what is happening right now is good for ISU in the near term, I am confident that Iowa State will come through this, and build upon its academic, research and enrollment strength. And yes, you will be able to bring your children back to an even stronger Iowa State one day to share your stories with them.
Grant, ISU is indeed fortunate to have alumni such as you who so passionately support the institution.