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University of Iowa News Release

March 15, 2006

Former Governor Robert Ray To Discuss Character In UI Lecture

Former Iowa Governor Robert Ray will deliver the University of Iowa's inaugural Notable Iowan Lecture when he speaks on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 in Biology Building East.

Admission to Ray's lecture, "Does Character Count?" is free and open to the public.

An Iowa native, Ray served an unprecedented five terms as Iowa governor, from 1969 to 1983. He was Iowa Republican state chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. He was chairman of the National Governors' Association, Midwestern Governors' Association, Republican Governors' Association, president of the Council of State Governments, chairman of the Educational Commission of the States and a number of other national organizations. In addition, Ray has been a U.S. representative to the United Nations.

Ray was the recipient of the "Iowa Award," the state's highest citizen award, and also received the Des Moines Register's first Iowa Star Award in recognition for outstanding community involvement. He also served as board member and president of Drake University, interim mayor of Des Moines and is actively involved in national health care issues as co-chair of the National Leadership Coalition on Health Care. He is currently chairman of the Institute for Character Development, focused on civility and character development in Iowa, and chairman of the Environmental Project board. He is also a member of the boards of Keep Iowa Beautiful and Iowa Games.

Ray and his wife, Billie, live in Des Moines. They have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

The Notable Iowan Lecture series will be an occasional series that spotlights Iowans who have made important social, cultural, political or other achievements. The series is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee and is supported in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. Persons with a disability who require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the committee at 319-335-3255.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,