Iowa Senate rejects Governor's nominees for Board of Regents
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The Iowa Senate has not confirmed two of Governor Terry Banstand's three nominees to the Iowa Board of Regents.
Board President Craig Lang and Robert Cramer, a socially conservative businessman from Grimes, did not win the two-thrids majority needed to be confirmed.
"I am deeply disappointed that most senate democrats cast their votes against Robert Cramer and Craig lang," said Governor Terry Branstad.
"Both Robert and Craig answered the call to public service, and they both deserved the opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents. Craig Lang showed great leadership while on the Board of Regents and Robert Cramer brought unique experience in the construction industry. I am greatly disappointed that these two fine individuals were treated in such a shabby manner," Branstad added.
Board President Craig Lang's tenure has troubled state Democrats, Lang says he respects the Senates decision.
"While I am disappointed in the results, I thank the Senate for its stewardship role for Iowans and for the very productive conversations we have had in recent weeks. It is clear that we all share a passion for higher education and doing what is best for Iowa," said Lang.
"I am proud of the accomplishments of the Board of Regents during my term. The Regents have done a tremendous job in improving the accountability of the Board and the Regent institutions to Iowans, supporting the universities' extraordinary economic development contributions to the state, encouraging operational efficiencies, and addressing the needs of students, particularly related to access and affordability. I hope the Iowa legislature keeps the needs of our students at the forefront as they consider the Board's FY 2014 operating appropriations request to allow the Board to freeze tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year," Lang added.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:07 GMT
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