Upper Iowa University in Fayette says its president will be on sabbatical.
The private college says in a statement Friday that its Board of Trustees granted Alan Walker a sabbatical for the rest of the academic year.
Trustees Chairman Robert Firth says the board is aware of the "schedule and pace" that Walker has kept and the sabbatical is "well-deserved." He says Walker will be on sabbatical through June 2013, and he plans to spend time reading, conducting research and spending time with family and friends.
The college acknowledged earlier this week that Walker was on a leave of absence, but wouldn't say why.
Walker has led Upper Iowa for more than eight years.