Grand View Hires Rob Barron as Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations

January 28, 2016

Grand View University announced Saturday that Rob Barron will serve as Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations. He joins GV on February 8.

Rob brings extensive experience relative to this position. He served on Senator Harkin’s staff for 13 years, the last six of those as the Senator’s state director. Prior to that, Rob worked in Senator Harkin’s Washington office. From 2005-09, he was the Senator’s lead policy advisor on education issues. Since the Senator’s retirement, Rob has served as political director for NextGen Climate Action Iowa. In that role, he has built diverse coalitions across the state to raise awareness of, and advocacy for, climate change and clean energy.

Locally, Rob serves as president of the Des Moines Public Schools Board. He is also a founder of the Latino Political Network, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Latinos running for public office. Rob earned his B.S. in Political Science from Grinnell College in 2002; he attended Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan prior to that.

This position is focused on facilitating Grand View’s contribution to the public discourse about higher education at both the state and national levels, and on supporting the community connections that are of strategic importance to the university’s mission. Rob will also be involved in supporting the Board of Trustees, specifically, and Grand View’s leadership in general.

Grand View’s president, Kent Henning, commented, “With his experience in higher education advocacy and his activities in the Des Moines community, Rob will be an important asset to the university in a variety of areas. We look forward to his expertise and perspective on the GV leadership team.”