Protesters disrupt Iowa Board of Regents

Published On: Aug 03 2012 12:07:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 03 2012 12:07:04 PM CDT

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Some protesters seeking the ouster of Iowa Board of Regents member Bruce Rastetter have been removed from the board's meeting in Cedar Falls.

The protesters were removed Friday after interrupting the meeting and alleging Rastetter committed ethics violations. Board President Craig Lang warned about 40 members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement to not disrupt the meeting.

Rastetter, a prominent businessman, worked with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa. Environmentalists and watchdog groups say he tried to use his influence as a regent to benefit an investment group he founded and manages that is developing farmland in Tanzania. ISU withdrew from the project in February after mounting criticism.

Iowa CCI filed an ethics complaint against Rastetter, which a state ethics board will review Aug. 23.