Academician of the Week
Delegation Leader & President of the Iowa Board of Regents
Craig Lang was appointed to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, by Governor Chet Culver in 2007, and elected the 17th President of the Board in 2011. He previously served as Chair of the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium, as lead director on the Iowa Telecom Board, director of the GROWMARK Board, and director of the Cattlemen's Beef Board. In addition, Craig has served as chairman of the Iowa Values Fund and vice-chair of the Iowa Economic Development Board under Governor Tom Vilsack.
Craig was one of the longest serving leaders of both the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), where he served as president for a ten-year period from 2001 through 2011, and the FBL Financial Group, where he served as Chairman of the Board for a concurrent term. Craig's service on the IFBF board of directors began in 1992 when he was elected as the District 6 representative. He then served as the organization's vice president from 1996-2001 before being elected president.
Currently, Craig is president of The Prairie Strategy Group, an organization dedicated to working on and solving complex issues around food and energy growth. He also farms in partnership with his father and brother and runs a large dairy operation near Brooklyn, IA. Craig is an active participant at the Madison Church of Christ and is a graduate of Iowa State University. His wife, Mary, is a registered nurse and graduate of the University of Iowa. They have four children; their two youngest sons, Dane and Cade, have joined the family farm operation.