Gov. Branstad to visit Muscatine July 6

June 24, 2009 —

(Des Moines, Iowa) – He served the state for 16 years as governor, is now president of Iowa’s only osteopathic medical school and will soon be in town to speak to you.

Governor Terry E. Branstad, president and CEO of Des Moines University (DMU), will be in Muscatine on July 6 to speak to the Rotary Club and network with local DMU alumni. The Club’s meeting will be at noon in the Pearlview Ballroom Hotel, 101 W. Mississippi Dr.

Governor Branstad will discuss the impact of DMU students in Iowa and abroad, particularly programs that serve the needs of rural communities in Iowa and Third World countries. He will also talk about some of the exciting technological advances being incorporated into the medical school curriculum, as well as the importance of a lifelong prevention of disease. His stop in Muscatine is the second in a statewide tour visiting DMU alumni and community groups.

Former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad was named the president and CEO of Des Moines University in August 2003. Branstad is the 14th president in the University’s 111-year history. Governor Branstad served four consecutive terms as governor of Iowa, from 1983 to 1999. When elected, he was the youngest governor in Iowa history; and, when he left office, he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor. A native of Leland, Iowa, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1969 and a law degree from Drake University in 1974. He was a partner in general law practice in Lake Mills, Iowa, from 1974 through 1982.

Des Moines University is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, anatomy, biomedical sciences, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the University offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students’ pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions. The campus also includes a ten-story multi-specialty medical clinic.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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