Dr. Michael Richards of West Des Moines brings a broad knowledge of business management and medical integration to the Board of Regents.
Until his retirement in 2017, he was managing partner of Quatro Composites, a company specializing in manufacturing carbon composite equipment for the aerospace and medical industries. He also service as chairman of MEDTEC, a medical services and equipment company.
Dr. Richards earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1970 and his M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1974. After graduation, he was in practice in Des Moines for more than 20 years. He also served as the first chief medical officer at Iowa Health System (now UnityPoint Health).
Dr. Richards and his wife, Ann, are active supporters and contributors to medical and educational charities and foundations. He has served as president of the Dowling Foundation, and served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Minnesota Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis until joining the Board of Regents.
Dr. Richards was appointed to the Board of Regents on May 6, 2016, by Governor Branstad to fill the unexpired term of Mary Andringa. He was elected the 22nd President of the Board of Regents, on May 1, 2017, was re-elected president on April 12, 2018, and re-elected again as president on April 1, 2020. His term on the Board expires April 30, 2021.