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Greta Rouse Appointed To Serve On Iowa’s Board of Regents

By Jane Whitmore - | May 11, 2021

Greta Rouse Appointed To Serve On Iowa’s Board of Regents

by Jane Whitmore

Greta Rouse of Emmetsburg has been appointed to serve a six-year term on the Iowa Board of Regents. The appoint was made April 16 by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Rouse replaces Patty Cownie, whose term expired April 30.

“I was very honored that she (Governor Reynolds) would think that I would do a good job representing Iowans and being a good voice for the citizens of the region,” Greta said.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is a group of nine citizens who govern five public educational institutions in the state through policymaking, coordination, and oversight, as provided by law. The institutions include Iowa’s three public universities – the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa; and two special preschool/K-12th grade schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.

Serving on the Board of Regents is not new to Greta. She served four years when she was a student.

“Gov. Chet Culver made the appointment,” she related. “It couldn’t be a Democrat, and needed to be someone from Western Iowa, and also needed to be a female that attended Iowa State. I checked all those boxes, interviewed and was appointed to the position.”

At the time, Greta Johnson was beginning her junior year at Iowa State. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa to obtain her Masters degree. From 2008 to 2012, Greta served on the Board of Regents.

“I really enjoyed that experience,” she said. “Even at that point, I enjoyed learning all the different aspects of the universities.”

After grad school, Greta worked in the Governor’s office as deputy communications director, scheduler and an advisor for the office of Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. Then she met Brian Rouse and the couple was married in 2014.

Greta and Brian make their home in Emmetsburg. Brian farms with his father and works for Agri Gold as district sales manager. The couple has two children, Meredith, age four and a half; and Ethan, age two.

Read the full article in The Reporter.