Regents History

Iowa’s 33rd General Assembly created the State Board of Education in 1909 to oversee, coordinate and govern the state’s three public institutions of higher learning, including the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Ames, and the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. The State Board of Education also has overseen the Iowa School for the Deaf since 1917, and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School since 1911. 

The State Board of Education was renamed the Iowa Board of Regents in 1955. The three institutions followed with name changes of their own, beginning with the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts changing to Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1959. The Iowa State Teachers College became the State College of Iowa in 1961 and the University of Northern Iowa in 1967. Finally, the State University of Iowa shorted its name to the University of Iowa for common use in 1964.

The Board of Regents monthly newsletter will revisit past meetings that spurred important developments in the history of the enterprise. In addition, the lives of past board presidents will be highlighted.  

Selected Past Meetings

The University of Western Iowa

The three-year project that united a town, divided a Board, and nearly changed the landscape of Iowa's public education 


The Student Regent

Steven Zumbach, the first student ever appointed to the Board, recalls his experience working with Governor Robert Ray, Board President Stan Redeker and others during a tumultuous time in American history.


Board Members 1909-Present (PDF)


Presidents of the Board of Regents

President Served
Michael Richards 2017-Present
Bruce Rastetter 2013-2017
Craig Lang 2011-2013
David Miles 2008-2011
Michael Gartner 2005-2007
Robert Downer 2005
John Forsyth 2004-2005
Owen Newlin 1996-2005
Marvin Pomerantz 1995-1996
Marvin Berenstein 1993-1995
Marvin Pomerantz 1987-1993
John McDonald 1985-1987
S.J. Brownlee 1981-1985
Mary Louise Petersen 1973-1981
Stanley Redeker 1965-1973
Alfred Noehren 1963-1965
Harry H. Hagemann 1958-1963
Dwight Rider 1951-1958
Henry Shull 1941-1951
George Baker 1926-1940
D.D. Murphy 1915-1925
J.H. Trewin 1909-1915