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President Ruud appointed to Governor's STEM Advisory Council

July 1, 2013

Brenda Buzynski, executive assistant to president, President's Office, 319-273-2566,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud has been appointed to the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council as both an executive committee, and advisory council member. The council is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Vermeer President and CEO Mary Andringa.

"I am honored to be appointed to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and I am excited to partner with statewide leaders to continue building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans," said Ruud. "As the state’s largest preparer of Iowa's innovative pre-K-through-12 STEM teachers, it's important that UNI be at the forefront of providing leadership to efforts that are crucial to the education and economic progress of Iowa." 

Established in July 2011 to promote STEM education, innovation, student interest and achievements in STEM subjects, and STEM-related careers statewide, the council advises the Governor's office in matters or recruitment and preparation of STEM teachers; mapping of STEM education plans; and economic development with an emphasis on fostering innovation in research and entrepreneurship. The council is headquartered at UNI.