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Release: Immediate

Gov. Branstad to teach in UI College of Business Administration

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will teach a class in public sector management at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration after he leaves office.

The teaching job is the first commitment Branstad has made for his return to private life. Branstad is enthusiastic about the prospect of teaching at the state's largest public university.

"I look forward to the opportunity to interact with students to share my insights and practical knowledge about the public policy decision-making process," said Branstad, a UI graduate.

UI officials are pleased with Branstad's decision, saying the governor will bring more than 25 years of experience in state government management to UI students.

"We are pleased that Gov. Branstad is coming to the University of Iowa. As a nationally-recognized leader in state government, he will bring a wealth of experience to our students, sharing his knowledge one-on-one in the classroom," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman.

"He will bring his perspectives of leading a state through both prosperous and challenging times," said Gary Fethke, dean of the UI College of Business Administration. "He is the senior governor in the United States, and we're very proud to have him teach here at the University of Iowa."

Branstad will come to the business school as part of its Executive-in-Residence program, in which industry leaders share their experience in a graduate-level classroom setting. For example, Jerre Stead, chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro, and Stanley Howe, chairman emeritus of HON Industries in Muscatine, have previously taught in the Executive-in-Residence program.

Branstad will teach the MBA class Feb. 18 to May 13 at the UI College of Business Administration's Newton campus and at the Pappajohn Business Administration Building in Iowa City. The class will meet Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through May 13. He will travel to Iowa City and Newton on alternating weeks, with the class being broadcast via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) to the site where Branstad is not teaching in person.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Branstad will help the College of Business Administration with public service issues and research interests as they arise.

The course Branstad will teach combines the theory and practice of public administration to public policy and political economy, looking at the latest trends in public sector issues. Branstad will team-teach with Timothy Judge, associate professor of management and organizations. Judge will provide the theoretical basis for the class with Branstad supplying the practical knowledge in that theoretical context, Fethke said.

The class is aimed at professionals who are seeking careers in public service and for those already working in the public sector. Private sector employees who are in regular contact with government can also benefit from the class, according to Colleen Downie, director of the UI Evening MBA program. Although the class is intended primarily for students enrolled in the MBA program, other professionals can also take the class for graduate credit or to gain additional skills in public sector management.

After the governor said he was considering teaching last month, the UI School of Management had several inquiries about the class. It is expected to fill quickly.

"This program continues the tradition of the program of bringing influential business leaders into direct contact with students," she said. "It would be exciting to take a course via the ICN from the governor who helped create the ICN."