Sahai appointed to regents board

WEBSTER CITY – A Webster City physician is one of the newest members of the Iowa Board of Regents.

Gov. Terry Branstad’s office announced Friday that Dr. Subhash Sahai had been appointed to the board which governs Iowa’s public universities.

“I’m honored and humbled to be appointed to the Iowa Board of Regents,” Sahai said Friday. “It’s exciting, but of course it means an enormous responsibility.”

Sahai said he has known Branstad for many years and recently was interviewed by the governor and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Branstad also appointed Grimes businessman and Republican activist Robert Cramer. Sahai and Cramer will replace David Miles and Jack Evans as regents. Their terms will begin on May 1.

Board of Regents President Craig Lang, of Brooklyn, was also appointed to another 6-year term on the board. Branstad said he wanted Lang, a dairy farmer and former Iowa Farm Bureau president, to stay on after his term ended April 30.

The appointments need confirmation from the Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate, which has accused Lang and President Pro-Tem Bruce Rastetter of exerting too much influence.

“Every board has issues here and there, but it’s important to stay above the fray and do what’s best for our universities and students,” Sahai said. “I look forward to beginning this appointment.”

Sahai, who began practicing medicine in January1976, received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, and completed his residency at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines. He began his practice in a small office in Webster City and was later joined in practice by his wife, Dr. Sushma Sahai, and brother, Dr. Anil Sahai. The three physicians opened the Webster City Medical Clinic, a medical campus that has continued to grow and expand through the years with the addition of other healthcare professionals and services.

In 2008, Subhash Sahai was named the Iowa Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently the chief of staff at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. The physician is also a past member of the Webster City Schools Board of Education.

Other appointments

Branstad also appointed two other Webster City residents to serve on state boards.

Michelle Chalfant was named to the Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Examining Board and Duane Madeorin the Iowa Grain Indemnity Fund Board.