Presidential installations

Wendy Wintersteen

Wendy Wintersteen

Wendy Wintersteen was installed as Iowa State's 16th president on Sept. 21, 2018. 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.


A rich history

Welcoming new presidents with celebrations has been a tradition of universities and colleges in this country since the 17th century. Levels of formality and ceremony vary by era and university. Installations can range from small gatherings of the faculty and students to elaborate affairs that include dignitaries, alumni and the public.

Iowa State's first presidential installation coincided with the inauguration of the university in 1869, when Adonijah Welch ceremonially took the helm. Wendy Wintersteen is the university's first woman president.

With each new president, the installation ceremony evolves a bit. However, certain elements of Iowa State's installation have endured over the years. In virtually every installation:

  • The university community offers a formal welcome to the new president
  • The new president's vision for the university is shared
  • The university celebrates the dawn of a new era while celebrating its past successes