Office of the President
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. It's currently on the Memorial Union north lawn, but eventually will be moved inside the Union.
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.