Local 5 exclusive sit-down with Bruce Rastetter

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Bruce Rastetter is winding down his tenure serving as president of the Iowa Board of Regents this month, but he's still got a lot on his plate as the transition process takes place.

Rastetter sat down with Local 5's Amanda Krenz after a board meeting in Council Bluffs Thursday afternoon. Among the topics discussed, Local 5 asked about his proudest accomplishments serving as president, and what he hopes for the board's future. Rastetter also addressed the ISU President Steven Leath plane investigation that took place in the final months of his presidency.

"I think it's really unfortunate that people reflect on that in the last six months rather than what Steve Leath did as president," Rastetter said. "Six years ago, there was a variety of challenges with the university. There were 26,000 students then, there's 37,000 today. This year, they'll have record fundraising...there's thousands of jobs being created...that wouldn't have happened had he not been there."

Rastetter also talked about advice he'd give the next president in terms of dealing with a legislature that continuously cuts funding to Iowa's three public universities.

"The system is a dynamic system," said Rastetter. "We have focused on accessibility and affordability...because we've been more aggressive at oversight and efficiency, we've got more...there may be a different tuition model."

Rastetter hinted that the board will have to talk about tuition increases because of under-funding from the legislature.

"There needs to be broader discussion about Iowa's commitment to education," said Rastetter.

Rastetter is leaving his position at the end of the month. A replacement as yet to be tapped.

To catch the full interview with President Rastetter, watch "This Week in Iowa" Sunday at 9 a.m.


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