AMES, Iowa — A finalist in the search for the next Iowa State University president has withdrawn.

An ISU spokesman said Friday that Dale Whittaker, who is currently executive vice president at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, informed ISU on Thursday that he is no longer seeking the presidency.

Whittaker said it was a difficult decision, but that he’s committed to “keeping our momentum moving forward at the University of Central Florida.”

Remaining finalists include Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C.; Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens; and Wendy Wintersteen, dean of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Iowa regents are scheduled to meet Oct. 23 to choose the next president.

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