Office of the President

President Leath hands out diplomas at Iowa State's spring 2016 undergraduate commencement ceremony, the first commencement ever held at Jack Trice Stadium May 7, 2016

News from the Office of the President

Additional news and notes from President Leath can be found under the Messages tab

President Leath fills two top administrative positions

President Leath has named individuals to fill two of the university's top administrative positions: Senior Vice President for University Services and University Counsel.

President Leath approves new university strategic plan

President Leath approved the final version of the university's FY17-FY22 strategic plan. The plan also must be approved by the Board of Regents, which is expected to take action this summer. 

President Leath selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors

President Leath has been named to a four-year term on the board of directors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as the representative of the Big 12 Conference. 

Board of Regents will consider tuition increase

The Iowa Board of Regents will consider raising tuition rates at the regents institutions as a result of a lower-than-requested state appropriations increase.

President Leath presents economic development vision

President Leath shared his vision for how Iowa State will seed the future of economic growth in Ames and Central Iowa at the March 29 Ames Seed Capital meeting.

President Leath announces restructuring of university business and financial operations

In a March 24 email to campus, President Leath announced plans to split the Office of Business and Finance into two divisions, following the retirement of longtime Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden.


Points of Pride

  • Educational Excellence: Iowa State marks 100 years of continuous accreditation.
  • Student experienceFall 2015 enrollment set a new record of 36,001 – marking the seventh consecutive year of record enrollment.
    • Serve more Iowa students (21,064) than any other institution 
    • Majority of students in 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties attend ISU
    • First-year retention rate increased to 87.4%
    • 50% of graduates earned degrees in STEM fields
    • 95% placement rate for graduating seniors
    • Average debt load for Iowa State graduates has declined 8.5% in three years (down 11% for resident students)
  • Diversity: Record number of international and U.S. multicultural students, totaling 23 percent of the student body. Initiated new senior level position, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Research and scholarship: $425 million in external funding in FY15, a new university record.
  • Economic development: Launched Phase 3 expansion of ISU Research Park, including construction on $12 million Economic Development Core Facility to serve as economic development assistance hub for Iowa. Cultivation Corridor attracted $1.8 billion in economic activity and investments.
  • Fundraising and development: New fundraising record set in FY15 at $165 million. 
  • Government relations: Secured an increase in the state appropriation for the fourth consecutive year as well as funding for new Student Innovation Center.
  • 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.
  • Campus Beautification: 5th most beautiful campus in the world. 
  • Community: Ames is the best college town in the country. 
  • Honors2015 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial LectureA University President’s Perspective on the Economic Importance of Pursuing a Unifying Message to Make Agriculture a National Priority