Regents Proposal Would Ban Sites Named For Sitting Elected Officials

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Naming a center or institute at one of Iowa’s public universities after a sitting elected official or regents employee would be outlawed under a proposal the state Board of Regents will consider next week.

The rule would not affect the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, which was approved by the board in April. The move sparked outrage among Republicans who questioned the ethics of naming the institute after Sen. Tom Harkin, a five-term Democrat and Iowa State University alumnus.

Charlie Cook, a national pollster and founder of the Cook Political Report, gave the inaugural lecture at the institute on Tuesday.

The vote to establish the institute eventually contributed to the resignations of President David Miles, a Democrat from Dallas Center, and former President Pro Tem Jack Evans, a Republican from Cedar Rapids. They continue to serve as board members.

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