Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she will appoint Jerry Foxhoven, a well-known and highly respected leader in child protection and family law, to serve as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services. Foxhoven will begin his new position Thursday.
Foxhoven, 64, began practicing law in 1977 with an emphasis on trial practice in criminal and civil law, as well as juvenile and family law cases. In 2000, he began as administrator for the Iowa Child Advocacy Board. In 2006, Foxhoven became director of the Joan & Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, a state and national advocacy center focusing on children’s rights issues. He also joined Drake Law School as a clinical professor. Most recently, Foxhoven served as executive director of Clinical Programs and Professor of Law at Drake University’s School of Law.