Office of the President

President Leath awards a degree at fall 2014 commencement

President Leath congratulates a new graduate at fall 2014 commence

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


Meeting with lawmakers

In a Feb. 26 meeting with the Iowa Legislature's Education Appropriations Subcomittee,  President Leath discussed how Iowa State is meeting the challenges of six consecutive years of record enrollment, cited economic development efforts and endorsed the State Board of Regents' new funding model as a more equitable way to distribute funds to the three state universities.

ISU 4U Promise

President Leath and fifth grader Jakhia Heard discuss the ISU 4U Promise program, which gives students in two Des Moines schools a chance to earn ISU admission and tuition awards.


New unit takes on student debt

A new office in the student financial aid program aims to reduce student debt and improve the financial health of students. The Student Loan Education Office was created through a partnership of the students affairs division and the Government of the Student Body. At a recent open house for the new office, Leath said ISU is making progress on reducing student debt.  He noted the percentage of undergraduates graduating with student loan debt (currently 62%) has decreased 3.4 percent since the 2011-2012 academic year.

Search for diversity officer begins

The national hunt for a chief diversity officer began recently with President Steven Leath's appointment of a search committee, led by dean of students Pamela Anthony. In 2013, Leath commissioned The Jackson Consulting Firm, Madison, Wisconsin, to conduct a comprehensive study of Iowa State's diversity programs and initiatives. Among the firm's recommendations was creating a chief diversity officer position.

Leath discusses exciting growth, next step

In his Sept. 12 annual address, President Steven Leath described how ISU has stepped up capacity to serve record numbers of students. He also discussed how researchers are tackling major world problems and what ISU is doing to spur economic development. View video.

Groundbreaking for new economic development hub

A new facility in the ISU Research Park will provide a one-stop shop for business and industry to tap into Iowa State expertise and assistance.

Your ideas sought in efficiency review

In a 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.