The University of Iowa
Kayt Conrad

In 2008, the UI endured a historic flood of the Iowa River, which damaged the Voxman Music Building, where Kayt Conrad's office was located, and the Theatre Building. Conrad was responsible for both.

Raised in Cedar Rapids, Conrad attended the College of William and Mary and St. John's College, where she earned a master's degree in liberal arts. She came to the UI in July 2006 as an administrator and has held the position since.

But just two years into her time at the UI, rising water was threatening her division. Conrad says that based on the early flood predictions, the Department of Risk Management, Insurance, and Loss Prevention was at first concerned about flooding only in the basements of the two buildings. Though Voxman's basement had only few items to clear out, the Theatre Building had a costume shop, offices, costume storage, and classrooms that needed to be evacuated.

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Iowa Now