HARKIN INSTITUTE: Drake Names Justice Ternus

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A former Iowa chief justice has been named head of the Tom Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University.

Marsha Ternus will oversee Harkin’s collected papers from his decades in the US Senate.

“Justice Ternus’ efforts on the Iowa Supreme Court reflect a deep commitment to fairness, access, and transparency—principals that form the heart of the Harkin Institute,” says Drake University President David Maxwell.

Appointed in 1993, Ternus was voted off the bench in 2010 following a campaign against her.

Harkin’s papers were originally pledged to Iowa State University but the offer was withdrawn over concerns about academic freedom.

Iowa State officials will ask the Board of Regents to terminate their Harkin Institute next week.

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