Greta Johnson stepping down as student regent

LeMars native, UNI graduate student has a new job

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IOWA CITY -- The state Board of Regents will get a new student member from the University of Iowa.

Thursday was the last meeting for student Regent Greta Johnson, a member of the board since 2008. Johnson said she is stepping down from the board to take a job in the Iowa State University president's office.

Johnson, a native of LeMars in northwest Iowa, was an undergraduate at ISU when she was first appointed to the board. She then went on to graduate school at the University of Northern Iowa, where she graduated with a master's degree in May.

The student regent position rotates among the three universities, so UI President Sally Mason will submit a list of female student names for consideration. Johnson's resignation is effective Nov. 18, officials said, and it's expected Gov. Terry Branstad will appoint the new student regent before the Dec. 5 board meeting, when the regents plan to vote on next year's tuition proposal.

By law, the nine-member board can have no more than five members from the same political party or of the same sex, so Johnson's replacement must be a female, but can be any political affiliation.


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