Office of the President
Leath endorses recommendations on student experience, institutional excellence
President Steven 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.
Leath: New revenues to four key priorities
In budget remarks to the state Board of Regents Aug. 8, President Leath said the university would allocate $35 million in new revenues to four overarching priorities -- "maintaining academic excellence, enhancing our basic and applied research efforts, promoting economic development and improving our campus environment, which has become especially critical with our enrollment growth."
Crum appointed to economic development post
Michael Crum will become senior policy adviser on economic development to President Leath on Aug. 1. Crum holds the Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management and has been serving as interim dean in the College of Business. The new senior policy adviser will make recommendations to Leath on all matters related to economic development, with the intent of expanding the university's contributions to both the state and national economies.
Leath shares plans for bioeconomy state funds
President Leath has unveiled plans for investing $7.5 million appropriated by the Iowa legislature this spring to support Iowa State's Leading the Bioeconomy initiative.
Grants will help research teams go after discoveries
Four Iowa State research teams will receive up to $4.5 million over three years to pursue competitive grants to fund large-scale, multidisciplinary research efforts of national and international importance. The grants are part of the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research, a program launched by President Steven Leath to support research efforts that could lead to major advances, discoveries and technologies.
Most comprehensive diversity study ever
In its most comprehensive diversity study ever, Iowa State is taking stock of its current diversity programs and initiatives and looking for ways improve the university environment for all. President Steven Leath announced the study in the spring, saying the university is "as diverse as it has ever been, but we have a responsibility to build upon past successes and ensure that we strive every day to create an environment that is as welcoming as possible to all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation." See News story | Diversity audit website.
Leath discusses priorities, budget request with legislative committee
President Steven Leath laid out Iowa State's priorities (student success and creating jobs and improving life for Iowans) and its FY2014 budget appropriations request in a presentation to the Iowa legislature's Education Appropriations Subcommittee Feb. 12. See the president's Powerpoint presentation.
Leath urges students to seize college opportunity
Students at Moulton Extended Learning Center and King Elementary School, Des Moines, could earn full-tuition scholarships to Iowa State if they successfully complete a new program. A partnership among their schools, the university and State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad created the opportunity. "All you have to do is roll up your sleeves and work with your parents, your principals, your teachers to get this done," Leath told the students during a school ceremony. News story | Video.
Leath announces goals, priorities during his installation
At his Sept. 14 installation, President Steven
announced a goal to raise $150 million in private gifts for
student financial aid over the next five years. It was among
key priorities Leath outlined in his speech,
"Educate. Innovate. Achieve!" More than 2,000 guests attended the
presidential installation ceremony, held at Stephens Auditorium on the
Iowa State campus.
Installation: Leath's remarks | Video | Slide show