Des Moines University President Terry Branstad retires

October 16, 2009 —

DMU board of trustees names interim president

Steve Dengle, interim president at DMU

Steve Dengle, interim president at DMU

(Des Moines, Iowa) – At noon today in a private session, Des Moines University President Terry E. Branstad announced his retirement to students, staff and faculty. Effective immediately, he is now free to pursue the possibility of running for public office. He had been president and CEO of Des Moines University (DMU) since August 2003. He was the 14th president in the University’s 111-year history.

The DMU board of trustees named Steve Dengle, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), interim president of Des Moines University today.

Dengle has been at Des Moines University (DMU) since 1979 and previously served as interim president December 2002 through August 2003. He has served as personnel director, executive assistant to the president, executive director of administrative services, vice president for administration and finance and chief finance officer. He has been the University’s COO since 2005. He has a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. He also serves as a board member for the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium, Free Clinics of Iowa and American Osteopathic Foundation.

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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.