Office of the President

President Leath poses with Vice President for Extension and Outreach Cathann Kress and Cy. ISU Extension and Outreach transfers Iowa State knowledge and research to all 99 Iowa counties and beyond. 

News from the Office of the President

Additional news and notes from President Leath can be found under the Messages tab

Change in location for spring 2016 undergraduate commencement ceremony

In an April 29 email to campus, President Leath announced the spring 2016 undergraduate commencement ceremony is being moved to Jack Trice Stadium for the first time ever. 

Board of Regents will consider tuition increase

The Iowa Board of Regents will consider raising tuition rates at the regents insitutions as a result of a lower-than-requested state appropriations increase.

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary to serve as undergraduate commencement speaker

Dr. Ernest Moniz will provide the commencement address at the Spring 2016 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony May 7.

President Leath presents economic development vision

President Leath shared his vision for how Iowa State will seed the future of economic growth in Ames and Central Iowa at the March 29 Ames Seed Capital meeting.

President Leath announces restructuring of university business and financial operations

In a March 24 email to campus, President Leath announced plans to split the Office of Business and Finance into two divisions, following the retirement of longtime Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden.

Strategic plan draft ready for review

A draft of Iowa State's next strategic plan is ready for review. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to read and comment on the document, (PDF), which lays out Iowa State's priorities and focus over the next six years.


Points of Pride

  • Student experienceFall 2015 enrollment set a new record of 36,001 – marking the seventh consecutive year of record enrollment.
    • Serve more Iowa students (21,064) than any other institution 
    • Majority of students in 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties attend ISU
    • First-year retention rate increased to 87.4%
    • 50% of graduates earned degrees in STEM fields
    • 95% placement rate for graduating seniors
    • Average debt load for Iowa State graduates has declined 8.5% in three years (down 11% for resident students)
  • Diversity: Record number of international and U.S. multicultural students, totaling 23 percent of the student body. Initiated new senior level position, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Research and scholarship: $425 million in external funding in FY15, a new university record.
  • Economic development: Launched Phase 3 expansion of ISU Research Park, including construction on $12 million Economic Development Core Facility to serve as economic development assistance hub for Iowa. Cultivation Corridor attracted $1.8 billion in economic activity and investments.
  • Fundraising and development: New fundraising record set in FY15 at $165 million. 
  • Government relations: Secured an increase in the state appropriation for the fourth consecutive year as well as funding for new Student Innovation Center.
  • Extension and OutreachPrograms impact more than 1 million Iowans annually with offices in all 99 counties.
  • Alumni: 225,000 living alumni, 100,223 live in Iowa.
  • Campus Beautification: 5th most beautiful campus in the world. 
  • Community: Ames is the best college town in the country. 
  • Honors2015 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial LectureA University President’s Perspective on the Economic Importance of Pursuing a Unifying Message to Make Agriculture a National Priority