“I am pleased today to appoint Sherry Bates as a member of the Iowa Board of Regents,” said Branstad. “Sherry’s work in her community and as a social worker demonstrates her commitment to public service. Her belief in affordable, world-class higher education will serve her well as a Regent.”
Bates, 62, is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in child development. She spent her professional career as a social worker, the majority of which was at the Greene County Medical Center. She is a current member of the Greene County Board of Health, the Scranton Telephone Board and the Greene County Foundation Board. She is a past member of the Scranton Library Board.
Created in 1909 by the Iowa General Assembly, the Board of Regents enhances the quality of life in Iowa by maintaining the quality and accessibility of the five state institutions it oversees. The board is comprised of nine citizen members who serve staggered six-year terms.
The Board of Regents oversees The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.
Bates will serve the remainder of a vacant term that begins December 22, 2014, and runs through April 30, 2017. She will be fulfilling the vacancy that was recently announced by former Regent Nicole Carroll. Her appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.