Office of the President

President Steven Leath shakes hand with 2014 graduate

President Steven Leath congratulates a graduate at the May 2014 commencement. Some 4,000 graduates completed degrees in the spring. Video replay of commencement | Cyclone grad tagboard

Taking the challenge

President Leath completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug. 22 with a little help from Cy the Mascot.

Veishea ends at Iowa State; new traditions will begin with 'thoughtful approach'

President Steven Leath Aug. 7 announced his decision to permanently discontinue Veishea, supporting the recommendations of the 2014 Veishea Task Force and ending a celebration that has been overshadowed by destruction and violence over the past three decades. Citing student safety as his No. 1 concern, Leath said his decision was a diffcult one, but the right one for Iowa State.

Leath receives diversity report, recommendations

President Steven Leath will appoint a task force to consider a consulting firm's recommendations on strengthening diversity at Iowa State and come up with an implementation plan. The consulting firm, which has been reviewing ISU diversity programs and resources over the past year, recently submitted its final report to the president.

Your ideas sought in efficiency review

In a March 21 letter, President Leath encouraged faculty, staff and students to become involved in an efficiency review currently under way at the three state universities. Throughout the review, The university community is encouraged to send suggestions for improvements to For details on the review, see the Efficiency Review website.

Ambassador Forsyth and President Leath

Ambassador Forsyth and President Leath

Ambassador of Peru visits

Ambassador of Peru Harold Forsyth was on campus April 2 to discuss future exchanges and collaborations between Iowa State and institutions in Peru. The ambassador met with President Leath and officials and researchers in the colleges of Design and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Preliminary diversity report to president

The consultant who's been reviewing Iowa State's diversity programs and resources has submitted a preliminary report and recommendations to President Leath. The report is the precursor to a comprehensive report expected this spring. View report: Web page | PDF

Leath endorses recommendations on student experience, institutional excellence

President Leath has endorsed recommendations from two groups -- one working to sustain the top student experience at Iowa State and another seeking to enhance university excellence in research and scholarship. The recommendations below are the work of the:

If you missed the president's annual address ...

President Leath reviewed university achievements over the past year and shared his priorities going forward in his annual address Sept. 13. Two videos (the 36-minute address and a short review of the talk) and a transcript of the address are online.