Iowa Board of Regents

Board of Regents Executive Director Robert Donley Announces Resignation

June 7, 2017

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Dr. Robert Donley, who has served as Executive Director/CEO of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa since 2008, has announced his resignation effective July 15, 2017. 

“It has been a pleasure serving the Board of Regents as Executive Director for the past nine years,” Donley said. “Higher education is a passion of mine, and being able to move the Regents enterprise forward in so many ways is a point of pride. I’ve worked under multiple Board presidents, and with this change in leadership, it is the right time for me to move on and let the next person lead the Board office. I am thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve the Board of Regents, the people of Iowa, and the nation as Chair of the State Higher Education Executive Officers association.” 

“Bob Donley has served the Board of Regents and the state of Iowa for nearly a decade,” said Board of Regents President Michael Richards. “We are thankful for the knowledge, expertise and leadership that he has provided during his time as Executive Director through multiple Board presidents and members. We thank him for his service, and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.” 

The Board will formally accept Dr. Donley’s resignation at its meeting on Thursday, June 8. Between now and July 15, the Board will appoint an interim Executive Director, and will initiate a search to fill the position permanently. The interim Executive Director will not be a candidate for the permanent position. 

Dr. Donley will be in attendance at the meeting on June 8, and both he and the Board will have additional comments at that time. 

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