Recognizing Bill Angrick for his service on the IRIS Board of Directors

Recognizing Bill Angrick for his service on the IRIS Board of Directors

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Bill Angrick receives a not-so-traditional greeting during a meeting in Nigeria in 2005.

As we say goodbye to 2015, IRIS also says goodbye to one of our board members. We are so fortunate to have many great leaders on our IRIS Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of people who give not only their time to the organization, but also their passion and wisdom. One such board member has stepped down this fall to enjoy his retirement in Florida. It is with great fondness that we say a huge thank you to Bill Angrick for his five years of service on the IRIS Board of Directors.

Then Iowa State Ombudsman Bill Angrick meets with legal and judicial officials in Nigeria in 2005 to discuss the role of the Citizen’s Aide/Ombudsman’s program.

William P. Angrick II was Citizens’ Aide/Ombudsman for the State of Iowa from April 1978 until his retirement in June 2010. Bill served as board member for IRIS from July 2010 to October 2015, much of that time as board secretary. Previously, Bill has held the office of president of the United States Ombudsman Association (USOA) and served as president of the Board of Directors of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI). The IOI is an organization headquartered in Vienna, Austria with ombudsman offices in 92 different countries.

(From Left to Right) Nancy Van Milligen, President of Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, IRIS Founder and President Bob Anderson, and Bill Angrick visit orphanage in Nigeria in 2005.

(From Left to Right) Nancy Van Milligen, President of Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, IRIS Founder and President Bob Anderson, and Bill Angrick visit orphanage in Nigeria in 2005.

Bill was committed to international and cultural relations long before serving on the Board of IRIS and continues that commitment. In addition to his presidency with the International Ombudsman Institute, Bill worked closely with the Iowa General Assembly’s International Relations Committee, assisting with the welcoming of international guests from all over the world to our state capitol and state government offices. He hosted numerous gatherings of IRIS program participants and presented to the groups about the important work of the Ombudsman’s office.

Bill Angrick and the late Steve Hampton, former mediator with Iowa Workforce Development, meet with village locals in central Nigeria during the Civil Society program trip to the country in 2005.

Bill Angrick and the late Steve Hampton, former mediator with Iowa Workforce Development, meet with village locals in central Nigeria during the Civil Society program trip to the country in 2005.

Prior to his appointment as Iowa Ombudsman, Angrick served on the Political Science and Public Administration faculty of Drake University in Des Moines. In 2008, Angrick received the Dwight Ink Public Service Award in recognition of Distinguished Public Service from the Public Policy and Administration program at Iowa State University.

Please join us in appreciation as we thank Bill Angrick for his commitment to citizen diplomacy and his service to IRIS and the world.