Iowa Campus Compact Announce New Executive Director

February 19, 2021

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact

Dr. Annette Parker

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annette.parker {at} southcentral(.)edu

Iowa Campus Compact Announces New Executive Director

Wall award finalists, November 6, 2017.
(Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College)

February 18, 2021 – Des Moines, IA  The Iowa Campus Compact is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Rob Barron as Executive Director.  Campus Compact advances the public purpose of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Rob will also serve as Executive Director of Minnesota Campus Compact and begin his work in both roles on March 8.  Iowa Campus Compact and Minnesota Campus Compact recently announced a three-year strategic alliance between the two organizations.  The goal of the alliance is to become a regional compact. One of Rob’s goals will be to continue along the path of a merger of the two states into a regional compact.

Rob will come to Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact from Grand View University where he has served as Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations since 2016. He has a solid background in community, climate, and political engagement in addition to serving on the Des Moines School Board. Rob serves on the boards of United Way of Central Iowa, the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, and Al Éxito.  Prior to joining Grand View, Rob worked for an organization devoted to clean energy and spent 13 years working for Iowa US Senator Tom Harkin.

Rob brings to Iowa Campus Compact many years of experience and is a regionally recognized leader in community engagement. He has deep expertise in leading student advocacy programs as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.  He is involved in the Latino community and has led successful efforts in neighborhood revitalization.

Rob has his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Grinnell College. He and his wife and two children reside in Des Moines.