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Q&A: Bruce Rastetter

November 9, 2014

Under Mr. Rastetter’s watch as president of the Iowa Board of Regents, the board has initiated an ambitious transparent inclusive efficiency review (TIER) and passed a controversial performance-based funding agreement. The CBJ spoke with Mr. Rastetter to discuss the Board’s moves and why he believes they are necessary.


Is ‘Iowa nice’ holding back your board?

November 17, 2014

By Regenia Bailey / Guest Editorial

I’m a proud native Iowan. I appreciate our state’s topography, our first-in-the-nation caucus status and the friendliness with which we generally treat one another.

However, our natural politeness and discomfort with conflict or uncomfortable situations often limit our ability to have difficult conversations with other board members. Constructive conflict can promote new ideas, spur innovative solutions and motivate members to attend to their board work.

Getting to know your financial numbers

November 10, 2014

By Jean Kruse / Guest Editorial

Anyone who longs for the “good old days” probably doesn’t own a small business. Given the variety of powerful, easy-to-use accounting software products available today, it’s difficult to imagine wanting to keep records and prepare financial statements by hand.

A bitter loss and a first-place finish

November 3, 2014

By Greg Dardis / Guest Editorial

When Cameron James arrived at Dardis Academy last May, he brought a set of life experiences that had forged a maturity far beyond his 20 years.

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