Office of the President

Leath signs document as Gov. Terry Branstad and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus look on

President Leath participates in U.S. Navy Ship Naming Ceremony at Iowa State's Memorial Union on Sept. 2. Also pictured: Governor Terry Branstad, left, and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Drop by The Knoll Dec. 4

Iowa State First Lady Janet Leath invites students, faculty and staff to drop by The Knoll Friday, Dec. 4 (3-6 p.m.), for refreshments and a first-floor tour of the president's home, decorated for the holidays. Hot chocolate, adapted from the recipe of former First Lady Ellen Sorge Parks, will be served. The Knoll is at the intersection of Union Drive and Lincoln Way. Limited parking is available. The event is part of the annual WinterFest celebration. 

President's letter lists steps to address racism

In a Nov. 20 letter to the university community, President Leath detailed steps taken to address racism on campus and called on partners seeking to improve the campus climate to respect the principles of shared governance and open discussion.

George Washington Carver statue vandalized

ISU Police investigating vandalism to the George Washington Carver statue outside Carver Hall. Anyone with information should contact ISU Police at 515-294-4428.

Strategic planners need your input

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to share their thoughts on Iowa State's next strategic plan in a couple of upcoming public forums:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.), Memorial Union Oak Room
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 (4:30-6 p.m.), Memorial Union Oak Room

Plan developers will be looking for ways to ensure a successful student experience, enhance ISU's research profile, support economic development, promote a welcoming and safe environment and improve the campus infrastructure.

Stewart named first VP for diversity and inclusion

Reginald Stewart, chief diversity officer at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been selected vice president for diversity and inclusion at Iowa State. His appointment, subject to State Board of Regents approval at the regents' Oct. 22 meeting, begins on Dec. 1.

AAU, Iowa State release results of Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey

The Association of American Universities (AAU) has released the aggregate results of the Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey conducted at 27 public and private research universities, including Iowa State University. Iowa State also released its results from this survey.

AAU teamed up with the research company, Westat, to administer the survey. The survey was conducted April 2-23, 2015, at Iowa State to gain a better understanding of how sexual assault and related crimes are impacting the university. All Iowa State students enrolled at the university during that time were encouraged to participate in the survey.

The Association of American University’s (AAU) Sexual Assault Climate Survey aggregate report and tables, and Iowa State University’s Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey report and tables can be found here.

A press release detailing key findings from Iowa State's report can be found here

Information is available here if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault.

In emails to faculty, staff, and students, President Leath explained that the results of the survey will help Iowa State establish new policies and practices to better ensure a healthy, safe, and secure campus environment. He said, "We want to enhance our culture of awareness, prevention, and zero-tolerance and identify ways to end sexual assaults and related crimes on campus."

Statement on stadium incident, interactions with political candidates

President Leath recently released a statement addressing:

  • A sign-ripping incident that occurred during a Sept. 12 rally outside Jack Trice Stadium and
  • Questions he has received about interactions with presidential candidates

The incident is "not consistent with the type of atmosphere the university seeks to maintain, one of respect even when opinions differ and emotions run high," he said. On interactions with candidates, he said, "I do not and will not endorse any candidate, but I will accept any opportunity to discuss higher education policy, promote Iowa State University, and advance our mission of providing an affordable, accessible, high quality education."



Presidential address: Faculty hires, big data, student scholarships

President Leath noted his intent to boost faculty hires, raise more funds for student scholarships and strengthen Iowa State's already strong position in the field of big data in his annual address Sept. 10. Approximately 175 faculty, staff and students attended the event in the Memorial Union. View video.

'River to River' interview

President Steven Leath was a guest on the Aug. 4 edition of Iowa Public Radio's River to River program. The conversation included questions about enrollment growth, external research funding and the possibility of additional tuition revenue spring semester.

Leath: Investment in U.S. ag research must increase

President Leath took to the national stage June 16 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in  Washington, D.C., to make a simple but important point: If the world is to have a fighting chance to feed the globe's projected 9.5 billion people in 2050, Congress must spend more on U.S. agricultural research now. "We are going to have 9.5 billion people in the world by 2050," Leath said. "That's a huge increase over the 7 billion we have now. How are we going to feed them and provide fuel? The demand to produce more on less land is going to be huge."
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Cy's Tribute

President Leath joins the ISU Student Veterans of America for an April group shot of the Cy's Tribute statue, which honors our nation's armed forces. The statue is located in the south entrance of the Memorial Union in the atrium between the Soults Family Visitor Center and the University Bookstore.

Leath at speaks at summit

Greatest challenge

More than 9 billion people will inhabit the planet by 2050, President Leath told participants of the March 7 Agriculture Summit in Des Moines. The greatest challenge is producing enough food, feed, fiber and fuel to meet needs and doing it in a way that protects our land and water. Iowa State researchers are working the problem on many fronts, he said, by identifying ways to improve production, studying risks and benefits of GM plant and animal products, developing techniques to reduce farm runoff to protect water and soil, and leading in development of biofuels and bio-products. Leath also advocated directing more federal money to ag research. Photo by Doug Hetherington, Des Moines