Interim Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Phone (515) 281-6529
Keith Saunders is the Board of Regents interim executive director and began his duties July 16, 2017. He will serve in this capacity until the Board hires a full-time executive director to succeed Robert Donley, who resigned in June, 2017.
Saunders joined the Board Office staff in September 2004 after serving eight years at the University of Northern Iowa in a state governmental relations position. At the Board Office, he was assigned to the University of Northern Iowa as a State Relations Officer and legislative contact for the Board of Regents. In 2008, Saunders was assigned to the University of Iowa as a State Relations Officer and currently serves as a primary public affairs and legislative contact for the Board. Saunders also serves as an Associate Counsel to the Board. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Northern Iowa.