Appointment of Board Members (Iowa
Code § 262.7)
A. Pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 262, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, shall govern the three Regent universities:
State University of Iowa (SUI), including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), the Oakdale Campus and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU), including Agricultural Experiment Station, and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).
The Board also governs two special schools, Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School (IBSSS), and the Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD).
B. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, consists of nine members, appointed by the governor and subject to Senate confirmation, and also subject to removal by the Governor, with Senate confirmation, for cause. Board members are appointed to staggered six year terms. Appointment and selection criteria of board members are outlined in Iowa Code § 262(1) through (6).
C. Following the Governor’s announcement of a new member of the Board of Regents, and the Senate’s confirmation, the President of the Board and the Executive Director shall plan and implement an orientation program for the new Regent that is appropriate for that individual’s experience and background. In addition, the Board President shall assign to each new Regent a mentor who is a current member of the Board of Regents. Likewise, the Executive Director shall, after consultation with the Board President, identify for the new Regent a Board Office staff member who will serve as a specific resource person for that Regent. Both of these assignments shall extend throughout the new Regent’s first year of service. The purpose of these mentoring and resource assignments is to provide the new Regent with support and assistance in learning about the Board of Regents, its structure, operations, and goals. It is anticipated that the Board mentor will meet with the new Regent periodically during this period of time.