Bob Donley, the executive director and CEO of the state Board of Regents, announced his plans to resign on June 7. The announcement of his departure from the regents comes less than two months after new leaders of the state Board of Regents were elected to fill the unexpired terms of former Regent President Bruce Rastetter and former Regent President Pro Tem Katie Mulholland.
By Marissa Payne
The state Board of Regents saw the departure of two of its top leaders in April, and in about one month, it will see the departure of yet one more.
Robert Donley, the regents’ executive director and CEO, announced his resignation prior to their June 8 meeting, during which the regents formally accepted his resignation. As of July 15, his resignation will become effective.
Donley’s resignation comes after former Regent President Bruce Rastetter did not seek reappointment to the regents and former Gov. Terry Branstad opted to not reappoint former Regent President Pro Tem Katie Mulholland.
Rastetter’s and Mulholland’s terms ended April 30. The regents elected Regent Mike Richards to take Rastetter’s place and Regent Patty Cownie to serve as president pro tem in a telephonic meeting on May 1.
When Donley said he initially received a call for the position on a warm and sunny June day in Florida, where he worked as the chief of staff and chief of operations in the state’s university system, he had no interest. After an hourlong phone call, however, he accepted the job.
Donley has served the regents since 2008, taking on the job on June 9 that year,…
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