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Iowa State alumnus Jeff Plagge will deliver the 2022 Robert Stafford Lecture on Banking on Thursday, April 7, in the Gerdin Business Building. Plagge’s lecture, “The Future of Community Banking,” is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Plagge to the position of Iowa superintendent of banking; he began his service in September 2019. Prior to the appointment, he had worked in the banking industry for more than 42 years. Over the past 26 years, Plagge has served as president and CEO of three banks ranging from $92 million to $1.1 billion in size. Before accepting the position as Iowa superintendent of banking, he served as president and CEO of Northwest Financial Corp. of Arnolds Park, Iowa. NFC is a two-bank, $2.6 billion, privately owned financial services holding company.

Plagge has served the banking industry in many capacities, including as chairman of the American Bankers Association and the Iowa Bankers Association. He is a former board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a past chairman of the Chicago Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council, and a past member of the Federal Reserve Banks Board of Governors Community Depository Institution Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

A native of Latimer, Iowa, Plagge earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking was established by the Ivy College of Business and funded by Ames National Corporation as a part of its 100 years of service to Ames. The lecture honors the late Robert Stafford for his many years of dedicated service to First National Bank and Ames National Corporation.

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