Office of the President

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News from the Office of the President

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Presidential search committee

The Board of Regents announced April 20 the 21-member search committee that will be charged with identifying finalists to serve as the 16th president of Iowa State.

President Leath announces resignation, will become president of Auburn University

In a March 20 email to campus, President Leath announced his plans to leave Iowa State to take over the presidency at Auburn University.


Updated: April 26, 2017

Points of Pride

  • Educational Excellence: Iowa State marks 100 years of continuous accreditation.
  • Student experienceFall 2016 enrollment set a new record of 36,660 – marking the eighth consecutive year of record enrollment.
    • Serve more Iowa students (20,713) than any other institution 
    • Majority of students in 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties attend ISU
    • First-year retention rate increased to 88.1%
    • Six-year graduation rate increased to 74.1%
    • >50% of graduates earn degrees in STEM fields
    • 95% placement rate for graduating seniors
    • 1 in 3 Iowa State students graduates with zero debt
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Record number of international and U.S. multicultural students, totaling nearly 24 percent of the student body. Reintroduced Principles of the Iowa State Community
  • Research and scholarship: $425.8 million in external funding in FY16, 12% increase in research funding. Four faculty members elected to the National Academies in the past two years.
  • Economic development: Grand opening of Iowa State's Economic Development Core Facility, the cornerstone of the ISU Research Park's, Phase 3 expansion and a gateway to the Cultivation Corridor. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities designates Iowa State an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
  • Fundraising and development: Moving Students Forward initiative reaches $200 million goal for student support and scholarships a full year ahead of schedule. Forever True, For Iowa State, Iowa State's largest comprehensive fundraising campaign, is launched with a goal to raise $1.1 billion by June 30, 2020.
  • Extension and OutreachPrograms impact more than 1 million Iowans annually with offices in all 99 counties.
  • Alumni: More than 242,000 Iowa State alumni live in nearly 150 countries; 100,223 live in Iowa.
  • Great value: Iowa State named best college in Iowa for providing high quality education at an affordable price. Iowa State recognized as one of the most efficiently run universities in the country. 
  • Campus Beautification: 5th most beautiful campus in the world. 
  • Community: Ames is the best college town in the country.