Upper Iowa University alumni and longtime friends of the University, Roger Mangan ’62 of Littleton, Colorado, and Lowell Tiedt ’71 of Anamosa, Iowa, were recently elected to the UIU Board of Trustees.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Roger Mangan graduated from UIU with a bachelor’s degree in history, political science and French. A four-time Peacock letter winner, he compiled a 33-2-2 career record and won Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships at 147 pounds in 1959 and 1960. He was elected into the UIU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
After graduating from UIU, Mangan earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and an EDS degree from Western Illinois University. He started a 16-year teaching and coaching career in Fredericksburg, Cresco, Bettendorf and Estherville. He later became an educational consultant for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Davenport, Iowa, before moving to Littleton, Colorado, with his wife, Alice, and two daughters in 1976. Upon moving to Colorado, Roger opened a State Farm Insurance scratch agency. He quickly credits Alice, who worked along his side for 34 years, as being essential in helping develop the agency into one of the largest State Farm agencies in the Denver metropolitan area.
Lowell Tiedt graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education/elementary education. He later attained a Master of Science degree from Truman State University in 1979. In addition to serving over 32 years with Cedar Rapids Community Schools, he served nearly 39 years with the Iowa Army National Guard where he retired as a command sergeant major (CSM). The longtime educator is a past president of Anamosa Community Schools.
His community service is widely recognized in Jones County, where he has volunteered for a combined 70-plus years as Great Jones County Fair president, and as a member of the Jones County Land Use Board, Jones County Extension Board, Jones County Youth Committee Board and Jones County Cattlemen Association. A 15-year member of the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, Tiedt is also serving as one of the Iowa State Fair 4-H Beef superintendents. He is currently employed as safety director for Rogers Concrete in Anamosa.
Additional members of the UIU Board of Trustees are Dennis Murdock, chairman; Steve Harms, vice chair; Richard Andres, secretary; John R. Falb, treasurer; members Nancy Betz, Mary Cheddie, Peter A. Clemens, William R. Cook, Josem Diaz, Mike Eischeid, Betty Davis Firth, Robert R. Firth, Dr. Margaret B. Lawson, Scott R. Lebin, Michele Matt, Bernard Pattison, Mike Prochaska and Neil Wilkinson.