Kregel named interim provost as Fuentes takes new role

Kevin Kregel CREDIT: University of Iowa

By CBJ News Staff

Kevin Kregel has been named interim provost by University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld last week with the reassignment of Montse Fuentes, provost since spring of 2019, as special assistant to the UI president.

Mr. Kregel has been executive vice president and senior associate provost for faculty since 2019. He received a bachelor’s degree and doctorate (physiology and biophysics) from the UI and joined the faculty at Iowa in 1993 after completing a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona. He served as department executive officer in the Department of Health and Human Physiology before he was appointed associate provost in 2014.

The UI announced Ms. Fuentes will lead a team updating the university’s strategic plan and dedicate part of her time to her research, while retaining her current salary of $439,000.

Mr. Harreld praised both leaders in a news release, saying Ms. Fuentes’ work will help the UI’s colleges identify trends that will provide a “roadmap for the future success of our students and faculty.” He said Mr. Kregel and his experience in multiple university positions over the past two decades will make a steady hand during one of the most turbulent times in the university’s history.

The appointment of Mr. Kregel is pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents, and will also carry a $439,000 salary. CBJ