Simon Estes Music Hall Naming Celebration

Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and President Wendy Wintersteen applaud Simon Estes during a celebration to name Music Hall in honor of the internationally renowned opera singer and Iowa native. March 4, 2020

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Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming 

In a June 11 campus message, President Wintersteen announced plans to name a university committee to establish principles on renaming.

Iowa State helping Iowans during the COVID-19 pandemic

In an editorial published April 27 in the Des Moines Register, President Wintersteen writes about the many ways Iowa State University is helping to respond to Iowans' needs with our core strengths — innovation, science-based extension and outreach, and education. 

President Wintersteen helps lead national discussion on public higher education

President Wintersteen was a featured panelist at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities national meeting. She was joined by four other university presidents and chancellors from California, New Jersey, and Maryland for a discussion on how public universities can better serve their students, communities, and country. Nearly 1,600 public university leaders gathered in San Diego, California, Nov. 9-11, for the 2019 APLU Annual Meeting.

2019 study shows Iowa State delivers $3.4 billion impact to state of Iowa's economy 

Iowa State University’s $3.4 billion impact on the state of Iowa reflects service to families, communities and businesses and benefits to society from an expanded economy and improved quality of life, according to an economic and investment analysis conducted for the Iowa Board of Regents.

Iowa State Strategic Plan progress 

President Wintersteen provided an update Nov. 14 to the Board of Regents on the progress Iowa State made over the past year toward achieving the goals in the FY2017-2022 Strategic Plan.

University leaders announce actions to address racism and discrimination

During a Nov. 7 meeting with Students Against Racism and in a subsequent Nov. 8 message to campus, President Wintersteen and her leadership team outlined ten actions the university will take in response to student demands following recent acts of racism. 

Creating a welcoming and inclusive campus must include condemning racism and bigotry

In an Oct. 23 message to campus, President Wintersteen acknowledged that we still have much work to do to eliminate racism and bigotry and make Iowa State University the best land-grant university in the country in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Investing in Iowa State: FY21 State Appropriation Request

In a Sept. 19 presentation to the Board of Regents, President Wintersteen outlined Iowa State University's FY21 state appropriation request and highlighted the ways in which Iowa State is fulfilling its unique role as the state's only land-grant university. 

State of the University Address 

President Wintersteen shared achievements, challenges, and priorities during her state of the university address Wednesday, Sept. 11, encouraging faculty, staff, and students to help write the next chapter of innovation and excellence at Iowa State University. Watch the address below:

Be part of the ISU story

In an Aug. 26 welcome back message to campus, President Wintersteen encouraged students, faculty, and staff to be part of the ISU story and help write another excellent chapter this year for Iowa State University.





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Installation celebration

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Dr. Wendy Wintersteen was installed as Iowa State's 16th president on Sept. 21. Michael Richards, president of the state Board of Regents, conducted the formal ceremony. Speakers included ISU President emeritus Gregory Geoffroy, Gov. Kim Reynolds and representatives from Iowa State's student and employee organizations.