CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
CONTACT: GARY FETHKE
Dean, College of Business Administration
Iowa City IA 52242
CONTACT: ERIC WOOLSON
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
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 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."