- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a physician and business executive to the Iowa Board of Regents, replacing a board member who abruptly resigned last week.

Branstad announced Friday that he will appoint 68-year-old Mike Richards, of West Des Moines, to the board that oversees Iowa’s public universities.

Richards is the vice chairman and managing partner of Quatro Composites, a company that makes equipment for the aerospace and medical industry.

He spent nearly 20 years as a private practice physician and was head of Wild Rose Entertainment, which owns casinos in Clinton, Emmetsburg and Jefferson.

He will replace former Regent Mary Andringa and will serve the remainder of her term, beginning Friday and running through April 2021.

The appointment must be approved by the Iowa Senate when lawmakers reconvene.

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