PELLA — Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, will serve as co-chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council when University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen steps down from that role on June 30, 2013.
The 40-member STEM Advisory Council has been co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Allen since it was established in 2011. Reynolds will continue serving as co-chair.
“It is with great pleasure that Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I announce that Mary Andringa will become the next co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council,” said Branstad. “Mary’s outstanding leadership and background in both business and education uniquely position her to continue to build Iowa’s commitment to STEM. We are determined to boost student interest and achievement in STEM and promote STEM economic development.”
Andringa began a two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest manufacturing association, in January 2011. As the association’s first female chair, she leads its efforts to promote a robust manufacturing sector. She is also one of 18 private sector members of President Obama’s Export Council, where she represents manufacturing on key trade matters. Andringa began her career as a K-6 music teacher in Iowa City, Iowa. She began working in market research at Vermeer in 1982.
The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s priorities include establishing STEM-focused schools to offer students more STEM education opportunities, building an online portal to house a best practices clearinghouse, and increasing retention of top math and science teachers.