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Regents Select New President
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Board of Regents has selected agribusiness executive Bruce Rastetter as the next president of the board that governs Iowa's public universities.
The board voted 7-0 Wednesday to name Rastetter to replace Craig Lang, who left the board in April.
The Democratic-controlled state Senate had rejected Gov. Terry Branstad's appointment of Lang to a second term after a partisan clash over management of the universities.
Rastetter is a top Branstad donor and a Republican powerbroker who's been in the middle of controversies involving academic freedom, the board's transparency and his own business dealings. He said he looks forward to "continuing to make a difference of the fine institutions we represent."
The board voted to elevate Regent Katie Mulholland to president pro tem, a position that Rastetter held previously.
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