Craig Lang of Brooklyn (Poweshiek County) was elected the 17th President of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, on July 12, 2011. He was re-elected for a two-year term on April 26, 2012.
Craig Lang is President and CEO of The Prairie Strategy Group, a company engaged in identifying and solving complex challenges in food production, policy and logistics.
Lang was one of the longest serving leaders of both the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), where he served as president for a ten-year period from 2001 through 2011, and the FBL Financial Group, where he served as Chairman of the Board for a concurrent term. Craig chaired the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium. He was lead director on the Iowa Telecom Board, director of the GROWMARK, Inc. Board. In addition, Lang served as chairman of the Grow Iowa Values Fund and vice chair of the Iowa Economic Development Board under Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.
Lang farms in partnership with his father and brother and runs a large dairy operation. He is an active participant at the Madison Church of Christ and is a graduate of Iowa State University. His wife, Mary, is a registered nurse and graduate of the University of Iowa. They have four children – Jessica and Chase both graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, and their two youngest sons, Dane and Cade, who have joined the family farm operation, are graduates of the University of Northern Iowa and Kirkwood Community College, respectively.
Regent Lang's term on the Board expires April 30, 2013.