Sherry Bates

Bates appointed to Board of Regents

Scranton resident tapped by Branstad

Staff report

Sherry Bates, of Scranton, will have a big say in higher education in Iowa after her appointment Monday to the Iowa Board of Regents by Gov. Terry Branstad.

“Sherry’s work in her community and as a social worker demonstrates her commitment to public service,” Branstad said in a statement. “Her belief in affordable, world-class higher education will serve her well as a Regent.”

Bates, 62, is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in child development.

She spent her professional career as a social worker — the majority of which was at the Greene County Medical Center.

Bates is a current member of the Greene County Board of Health, the Scranton Telephone Board and the Greene County Foundation Board. She’s a past member of the Scranton Library Board.

The Board of Regents maintains the quality and accessibility of the five state institutions it oversees: The University of Iowa, Iowa State, the University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.

The board is comprised of nine citizen members who serve staggered, six-year terms.

Pending Senate confirmation, Bates will serve the remainder of a vacant term that runs through April 30, 2017.

She fills the open seat created by the November resignation of Nicole Carroll, of Carroll, following her family’s move out of state.

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