New Briar Cliff President declines post

Wed 2-7-2018

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The person offered the job as president of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City has declined the position.

The university planned to announce the new president this week but instead learned the person had withdrawn from considerations due to family obligations.

In response, college trustees announced Tuesday they had named Rachelle Karstens as interim president. Karstens, the executive vice president, has overseen the college's operations since last summer following the resignation of president Hamid Shirvani. He quit after 14 months on the job.

Karstens was among three finalists who interviewed for the job. It wasn't clear if she or the other finalist remained in consideration for the position.

Briar Cliff is a private, Franciscan, Roman Catholic university that has an enrollment of about 1,200 students.