Dr. Bob Rice was commended for his dedication and loyalty to Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) at the group’s board meeting held last month. After serving on the board for 19 years, Dr. Rice decided to retire and was replaced by Ron Jorgensen, who is the vice president for business and finance at Morningside College. Sioux City Community School District board members who represent District 9 recently voted Jorgensen to his new post.

Born and raised in Sioux City, Jorgensen has a wide background of civic and community involvement, including serving as a state legislator for the Iowa House of Representatives from 2010-16. He also served as a board member and a board president for the Sioux City Community School District from 2002-08. 

“By serving on the school board and in the state legislature, I have become very familiar with the AEA,” Jorgensen stated. “I am aware of all the valued and needed services it provides to area school districts and families.” 

Jorgensen holds an MBA from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College. He is a Certified Management Accountant. He has been married to Kathy for 35 years and has two grown sons, Corey and Eric. He also has one grandchild.

Northwest AEA is one of nine Iowa state agencies that provide special education support services; media and technology services; a variety of instructional services; professional development; and leadership to promote school improvement.