Greta Rouse has a unique history among current Board of Regents members, having had two separate stints on the Board separated by nearly a decade.
She first served on the Board as the student representative (then known as Greta Johnson) from 2008-12, during her time as an undergraduate and graduate student. Almost 10 years after her time as a student Regent ended, she was appointed on April 16, 2021, by Governor Reynolds for another six-year term to the Board, with her term beginning May 1.
In addition to her Board of Regents work, Rouse prioritizes family and their young children. She continues to be active in her community, as she has volunteered her time with numerous organizations over the years.
Rouse received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Iowa State University in 2010. At ISU, she worked on campus, was active with numerous student organizations, and received several awards in recognition of her contributions and leadership qualities. She later earned her master’s degree in leisure, youth and human services in 2012 from the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI she worked with Camp Adventure, which included field experiences with children on military bases in Germany, Japan, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands.
After graduation, Rouse served as deputy communications director, scheduler and an advisor for the office of Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds. She also later served as the executive manager of Great Lakes Communications Corp and the IGL family of companies.
Rouse and her husband, Brian, live in rural Emmetsburg with their daughter and son.
She was elected President Pro Tem of the Board on February 28, 2024. Her term expires April 30, 2027.
Board Committees: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Vice Chair); Audit/Compliance; Investment and Finance; Free Speech and Student Affairs (Chair)
Term Expires: 2027