Thursday, March 15, 2007

UI Held Hostage Day 418 - March 15

March 15, 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. (link to Press-Citizen update)

Four Regents Nominated

The Gazette reports at 1:59 p.m.:

C.R. man appointed to Board of Regents

The Gazette

Jack Evans of Cedar Rapids is one of four Iowans appointed to the state Board of Regents by Gov. Chet Culver Thursday.

Evans is president of the Hall-Perrine Foundation and a member of Gazette Communciations' board of directors.

Culver also appointed former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell, Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Lang of Brooklyn and David Miles, chief financial officer of Countryside Renewable Energy., Inc.


Here's a bio of Bonnie Campbell, from the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

More than you'd probably care to know about Jack Evans various corporate and other board relationships can be found here.

Lang is an Iowa State graduate. Here is his Farm Bureau bio.

David Miles contributed $2100 to Tom Vilsack's presidential campaign last November, at which time Miles listed his address as Rockford, Illinois, although the simple, one-page Web site for Countryside Renewable Energy lists its address as Des Moines.


The Press-Citizen's 2:20 p.m. online update includes better (or at least additional) bios on the four than what I have, above. "Culver Announces Regents Appointees," Iowa City Press-Citizen online, March 15, 2007; and, at 4:07 p.m., Brian Morelli, "Culver Announces Regents Appointments," Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 15, 2007.

UICCU and "Optiva"

The UICCU-Optiva story is essentially behind us. There may be occasional additions "for the record," but for the most part the last major entry, with links to the prior material from October 2006 through March 2007, is "UICCU and 'Optiva'" in Nicholas Johnson, "UI Held Hostage Day 406 - March 3 - Optiva," March 3, 2007.

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Anonymous said...

More use of the Regents as a reward for the politically connected. It is hard not to be cynical here. The Farm Bureau on the Board of Regents? Their basic goal would be to choke off funding. They will hardly be an advocate, especially for the UI.

Not real impressed with our new Governor so far. The Dems are heading for a 2 years and out. They will likely deserve it. Where was the campaigning for "Fair Share" during the fall season? Talk about a sucker punch!

Anonymous said...

Updated PC story at 4pm;

"Culver said Regent President Michael Gartner, of Des Moines, will remain as president through his term, which ends in April of 2008."