DES MOINES — In answering questions from lawmakers Monday, the three appointees to new six-year terms on Iowa’s Board of Regents vowed to better promote the good work occurring across the public universities and dig in as strong advocates for improved funding from the state.

“We really need folks who will stand up for those universities and say, ‘Listen, we need more money, or our standards are going to be lower,’” Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, told the three regent candidates. “The rankings are already lower for all three universities. So I would really appreciate folks

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