Long view of the installation ceremony

Academics, in colorful robes, and students bearing a likeness of the president's license plate on their backs, watch the Sept. 14 installation of Steven Leath.

Leath announces goals, priorities during his installation

At his Sept. 14 installation, President Steven Leath announced a goal to raise $150 million in private gifts for student financial aid over the next five years. It was among several 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. View Leath's remarks.

Michael Golemo


Fan-pleasing fanfare at installation

If you missed the fanfare preceding the academic procession at the installation, or just want to hear it again, check out this page about Mike Golemo's original Cyclone-flavored opening to the ceremony.

143-year tradition

On Sept. 14, Steven Leath was installed as Iowa State University's 15th president. The installation is a celebratory tradition that has marked presidential starts at Iowa State since 1869, when Adonijah Welch formally took the helm.