Branstad taps McKibben for Iowa Board of Regents

DES MOINES Gov. Terry Branstad today named former state Sen. Larry McKibben, of Marshalltown, to the Iowa Board of Regents.

Construction business owner Milt Dakovich was also named to the board. McKibben and Dakovich begin their terms today and will serve through April 30, 2019.

“I have chosen two passionate public servants who will help guide our Regents institutions through the next six years,” Branstad said. “Larry’s legislative expertise and Milt’s construction background will provide both of them with the knowledge and experience needed for these two seats on the board.”

McKibben, 66, served in the Iowa Senate from 1997-2008, where he chaired the Ways & Means Committee, also serving as the president pro tem. He earned his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, served as a graduate teaching assistant at Iowa State University and earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa. He is currently an attorney with the firm of Moore, McKibben, Goodman & Lorenz, LLP, in Marshalltown.

“I believe education is the foundation for the growth, development and well-being of future generations of Iowans,” McKibben said. “I have spent my entire professional life as a problem solver. I believe that my educational background, leadership skills and breadth of lifetime experiences gives me the depth of knowledge and skill to contribute in a positive way to achieving high standards of educational excellence at the Regents institutions.”