Vande Kieft leaves legacy of service, dedication to education in the Cedar Valley

Richard Vande KieftRichard Vande Kieft has announced his resignation from the Central Rivers Area Education Agency (AEA) Board of Directors effective July 11. He has held the Director District 7 seat since July 2008. District 7 represents the school districts of Cedar Falls, Denver and Janesville. In addition to serving on the AEA board, Vande Kieft also served 31 years on the Cedar Falls Community School District Board of Directors, including nine years as board president or vice president.

At the state level, Vande Kieft served as a member of the board of directors of the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) from 1993 to 2011. Elected to leadership positions of president-elect, president or treasurer of the association from 1998 to 2011. He served on the IASB Legislative Resolutions Committee, and also served and chaired the Board of Trustees for the Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust (ISJIT), Iowa Schools Cash Anticipation Program (ISCAP).

At the national level, Vande Kieft served as an Iowa representative to the NSBA Delegate Assembly and has served on both the Central Region and National Nominating Committees for NSBA directors and president.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Vande Kieft retired from John Deere-Waterloo Operation after nearly 35 years of service holding a variety of management assignments. He has been active in church, community and family activities. Dick and his wife, Judy, have three grown children.

“Dick Vande Kieft is an incredible example of selfless service to the community,” said Sam Miller, Central Rivers AEA Chief Administrator. “He has been quietly behind decades of progress in education in the Cedar Valley for which we all owe him a debt of gratitude. His leadership will be missed.”

Within the next several months, a special Director District Convention will be held with each of the three districts in District 7 to determine Vande Kieft’s replacement. It is anticipated that a replacement will be seated by October.