Transparency officers named for Iowa universities

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s three public universities are naming new transparency officers to oversee public records and public hearings.

The Iowa Board of Regents said Monday the transparency officers have been appointed in response to recommendations approved last week to improve responses to public records requests and access to information.

They are University of Iowa vice president Mark Braun, Iowa State University assistant to the president Shirley Knipfel, and University of Northern Iowa controller Gary Shontz.

Special schools for the deaf and blind, and the board office also named transparency officers, who will track requests for information and preside at public input hearings before board meetings.

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