Presidential installation

installment 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

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.

Conductor Mike Golemo

Mike 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.


Erskine Bowles

"In Dr. Steven Leath, I guarantee you have a winner. You have a doer. You have a difference maker, a leader who will truly change tomorrow for thousands of young people in this great state."
--Erskine Bowles, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina system

"We know that he is the right individual for this important job."
--Craig Lang, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa

"Under your leadership, I am confident that Iowa State will meet the challenges of the future and continue its tradition of excellence."
--Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

"Land grant, Excellence, Achievement, Trust, Honor. With this 'LEATH' pledge, the faculty welcome you to Iowa State and look forward to making the world better, together!"
--Suzanne Henrich, Faculty Senate president

"We thank you for your strong public voice in addressing the need to balance access, affordability and quality for Iowa State students, while calling for a national conversation about the cost of public universities."
--Jared F. Knight, president of the Government of the Student Body