Iowa State University strives to be the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), ISU offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Approximately 35,000 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and 126 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, as well as the largest university in the state of Iowa, and the ISU class of 2022 has the highest-ever average high school GPA for an incoming Iowa State class. The campus is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 situated approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and was recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Iowa State is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. Knowing that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community, Iowa State translates these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents.

The Memorial Union (MU) at Iowa State University is a 316,713 square foot multipurpose facility that serves as the hub of the campus and the center for student life and co-curricular activities, as well as an event and meeting venue for the campus and local community. The Memorial Union opened in 1928 and boasts 11 additions over the years. The building houses many campus partners, including ISU dining, Bookstore, Legal Services, Printing, International Student Services, Study Abroad, and Veteran’s Services, as well as a 600-stall parking ramp, the Student Activities Center, a bowling center, an art studio, a live music venue, and 27 meeting and event spaces. With over two million visitors each year, the Memorial Union hosts thousands of events and provides hundreds of outstanding programs for ISU and the surrounding community. In order to provide top quality programs and services, the Memorial Union seeks to hire only the best service-oriented, team-focused, and solution-focused individuals.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Director of the Memorial Union, the Associate Director provides operational planning, direction, oversight, and supervision of the facility and ensures the MU and related facilities are maintained to the highest standards. The Associate Director oversees and provides guidance for general building operations, budget, and policies, and also negotiates agreements along with ISU Procurement to secure services with ISU authorized vendors for MU facilities, grounds, and maintenance projects. The Associate Director collaborates with the MU Facilities Maintenance Manager to manage deferred maintenance, work order requests, construction projects, trades, remodeling, renovation, the MU Parking Ramp, and building grounds. The Associate Director oversees MU Information Technology and administers security and emergency management procedures and protocols. The Associate Director develops and administers a dynamic student staff training program in coordination with the Director and MU Student Team Trainers using sound student development principles. The Associate Director will also be responsible for recruiting, selecting, training, and supervising the MU Student Building Managers. Additionally, the Associate Director serves as direct supervisor to the Student Government Advisor; partners with the Assistant Director of Hospitality Services to provide efficient, high quality, and service-oriented event management and facilities to all guests; manages a dynamic team of five direct reports; and assists in the development and administration of an annual operating budget of $7 million.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to create positive, transparent, and open relationships with staff, students, and faculty; a positive mindset and focus on integrity at all times; the ability to appropriately handle stress and to multitask; an openness to the ideas and opinions of others in the decision-making process; the ability to build, empower, and hold student teams accountable; a strong proficiency in collaboration and positively working with others; and excellent training, speaking, presentation, and facilitation skills.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience; or a Master’s degree and six years of related experience; or a PhD (or other professional degree) and three years of related experience are required.  Preferred qualifications include project management of capital construction projects and vendor contracts experience; facilities management and operations experience in a university, hospitality or public access facility setting with knowledge of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, maintenance, and repair contracts; event management experience in college unions, including leadership or management of set-up, audio-visual, and IT operations; experience advising, training, and supervising college students; and a master’s degree in college student development, education, or closely related field.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated in this document, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with institutional stakeholders include the following:

    • a progressive background in higher education or student affairs, with demonstrated experience integrating student development principles within a Student Union environment;
    • strong managerial and administrative skills;
    • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
    • an excellent and transparent communicator with excellent public relations skills and the ability to reach all levels of the University, including students and upper level administration;
    • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and social justice, along with a willingness to stand up for these values, and an understanding of the intersectionality of a diverse student population;
    • ability to operate independently and with limited supervision;
    • strong leadership and organizational development abilities that inspire and develop staff, providing professional and personal development opportunities and promoting unity and teamwork throughout the Memorial Union;
    • demonstrated ability to delegate effectively and empower staff to conduct their daily responsibilities;
    • a strategic thinker who can develop both short- and long-term plans around the needs of the Memorial Union, formulate strategic, assessment, and operational plans, and then effectively implement those plans in tandem with the Director and other campus partners;
    • a student-centered focus, keeping the priorities and needs of the students at the forefront at all times;
    • ability to instill a culture of high-end customer service, including timely responsiveness to service requests and other needs within the Memorial Union;
    • an understanding of mechanical, electrical, custodial, and other trades necessary to operate the Memorial Union effectively;
    • a highly visible individual who is willing to be present throughout the Memorial Union, serving as a positive “face” for the administration;
    • energy and enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, a positive attitude even in the face of adversity, a personable and approachable demeanor, charisma, and the ability to have fun on the job;
    • an innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
    • ability to obtain buy-in from the student body on the needs for the Memorial Union and the ability to effectively communicate the impact the Memorial Union can and does have on the lives of the Iowa State students;
    • experience in diplomacy, and the ability to develop consensus around issues of facility use and prioritization;
    • ability to listen carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the culture of the University and the department, accept input from staff, and then make well-informed decisions that are best for the Iowa State community within the Memorial Union;
    • possess problem solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
    • previous experience and involvement with a professional higher education association related to the Memorial Union, such as ACUI, NACA, NACAS, or others;
    • solid budget and finance skills, innovation in discovering new revenue sources, and the ability to effectively advocate for scarce resources; and
    • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary, to conduct difficult conversations when pertinent, to listen to all sides of an issue, and to balance the needs of the people with the needs of the organization.

History of the Position

From November, 2013, to August, 2018, Corey Williamson served as Associate Director of the Iowa State University Memorial Union before recently returning to his alma mater to serve as the Executive Director at the Kansas State University Student Union. Prior to that, Gail Sutton served in the Associate Director role for seven years prior to her departure in December, 2011, to become the Director of Student Centers at George Mason University.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The next Associate Director of the Memorial Union must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to operations, facilities maintenance, student development theory and practice, and student management systems in a student union setting. The Associate Director should be an experienced leader capable of managing complex situations and staffing, unwaveringly committed to customer service at the highest level, possessing a deep understanding of today’s students and their developmental needs, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a large and growing research institution.

In discussions with the Iowa State University stakeholders, there was a sense of unity in support of identifying a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop the staff/team, set departmental priorities, and work in tandem with the Director of the Memorial Union to progressively, innovatively, and comprehensively move the program forward. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Associate Director, Memorial Union:

  • It will be essential that the new Associate Director, Memorial Union, commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering within the Memorial Union and across campus for maximum effectiveness. Iowa State University is committed to building relationships as a foundation of the campus culture and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The Memorial Union touches a vast number of entities, including students, faculty, administration, departments, tenants, vendors, and external partners, so it will be crucial that the new Associate Director quickly reach out across each of these areas to build strong relationships that foster ongoing positive interactions and act as a “connector” in all instances. These connections are absolutely essential in order to assess the real needs of constituents, provide exceptional programs and services for the campus community, and ensure that the Memorial Union is known for its customer- and student-centered approach at all times.
  • The scope of responsibilities of the Associate Director, Memorial Union, is wide, and the new Associate Director will need to quickly assess the needs, learn the staff, and develop a comprehensive list of priorities. This is an outstanding opportunity for the successful candidate to put their own professional mark on the Memorial Union and build it to an even higher level, as there is tremendous support from the Director and other administration to develop a dynamic and forward-thinking program. As priorities are developed and plans are initiated, the Associate Director should be prepared to identify programs and services that are working well, as well as those areas that are not as efficient or effective, and be willing to enhance and sunset programs as necessary.
  • The current staff members reporting to the Associate Director are extremely committed to the vision of a strong and supportive team, and they are dedicated to offering the best service possible to the Iowa State community. The staff works hard and the new Associate Director should make it a priority to quickly get to know the staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence across the board, ascertain and understand the various responsibilities they perform and roles they play, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support for all staff and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team.
  • It is essential that the Memorial Union be perceived positively and the essential services provided to the Iowa State student body be highlighted and promoted. While the administrative duties of the position may require a number of meetings and other office-centric responsibilities, it will be expected that the Associate Director be visible and accessible throughout the Memorial Union, get involved with students and the community, personally promote programs and services, collaborate with colleagues on projects and committees, and serve as one of the “faces” of the Memorial Union. In an effort to be the most service-oriented department on campus, it will be critical for the Associate Director to be known as a problem-solver and a consensus-builder, but also understand the priorities associated with a business model in which resources are limited.
  • With a new President recently taking office at Iowa State, there is a great measure of support for change to occur for the better, and that change appears to be fast and dramatic. The new Associate Director will be asked to come on board, learn the office, staff, and institution, and be prepared to quickly begin moving forward.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the Iowa State community, and the Associate Director should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a large number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the Memorial Union needs to be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased, supportive environment at all times.
  • Iowa’s geographic location in the central Midwest can be both inviting and challenging, so the new Associate Director must be aware of the climate of the region and be able to conduct the daily operations of the Memorial Union no matter the weather or other circumstances. As the hub of student activity and a footprint whose resources are maximized, it is imperative that the Memorial Union remain operational in an effort to serve the Iowa State community with maximum effectiveness.
  • The Memorial Union has added onto its physical facilities 11 times since its initial construction in the 1950’s, and there is currently an exciting new plan in motion to renovate three stories of the building, which previously served as a hotel facility, into new office and activity space. With construction plans and a timeline already in place, it will be imperative that the new Associate Director quickly become familiar with this project, including its effects on the current residents, and work closely with the Director and Facilities Maintenance to move the project forward in a productive manner.
  • Similarly, with an aging infrastructure, there are currently a number of deferred maintenance projects on the docket, along with other capital renewal projects that need attention (e.g., a bowling alley that might be renovated or converted to retail or lease space). In addition, the finances required to execute these projects are currently very limited. The new Associate Director should plan to spend quality time with the Director very early after arrival assessing the needs and discerning the priority matrix of these deferred endeavors. Once identified, the Associate Director will work in partnership with other collaborative departments across campus to identify resources necessary to fund the various needs.
  • Space at Iowa State, particularly in the Memorial Union, is at a premium. As soon as new space is identified, it is seemingly just as quickly spoken for and/or occupied. Reservations in the Memorial Union are at maximum, and bookings are now being pushed out for more than a year in order to acquire the spaces desired. The new Associate Director should be aware of this situation, and should be prepared to learn the current space assignment policies in place, making recommendations for comprehensive, fair, and equitable allocation policies. The Associate Director should also be prepared to use strong communication, negotiation, and diplomacy skills when seeking consensus on space usage, fostering a positive image and service-oriented culture within the Memorial Union.
  • There is great opportunity in this position for direct student contact and impact. The Associate Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic Student Manager training program, and this individual will also select, train, supervise, and evaluate this group of students entrusted with managing and administering the daily operations of the Memorial Union. In training and managing these students, the Associate Director will be expected to implement sound student development principles in an effort to not only develop strong union management skills and empower these students, but to also cultivate solid overall leadership qualities that can be utilized long after graduation from Iowa State. Additionally, besides the members of the Memorial Union operations staff, the Associate Director will supervise the Student Government Advisor, which will offer opportunities for developing another professional’s leadership and advising skills, as well as provide potential interaction with other student leaders outside the confines of the Memorial Union staff.
  • Across the board, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at Iowa State, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy of the university, feel much camaraderie, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a big difference in the Associate Director role. Like the campus community, the Ames community is also very safe, close-knit, and welcoming to new members. Within that community, there are amazing opportunities for town/gown involvement, a robust assortment of restaurants and food options, and a plethora of cultural and arts-related events, as well as recreation, sports, and other outdoor activities that appeal to both the individual and to families. The state capitol of Des Moines is a mere half hour from Ames, and Kansas City and Minneapolis are only 3.5 hours away, so there is easy availability to several major hubs.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining Iowa State University, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Associate Director, Memorial Union.

  • There is a strong professional team in place, with all parties sharing the same forward-facing vision, expectations are clear, and the staff are invigorated and enthusiastic about their roles at the Memorial Union.
  • Communication throughout the department is centralized, transparent, and frequent.
  • An action plan is in place to address the deferred maintenance projects within the Memorial Union, and resources, including new and innovative revenue streams, are being identified.
  • The Associate Director has built collaborative alliances, both within the Memorial Union (departments, organizations and tenants) and across campus, and is recognized as a strong and strategic partner with the campus constituents who utilize the Memorial Union.
  • A strong and developmental Student Manager training program has been developed and implemented, and the Student Manager team is operating at maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • The Associate Director is recognizable to the Iowa State students and student organizations, and is considered always approachable, open to new ideas, and willing to offer assistance wherever needed.
  • The culture of outstanding customer service has promulgated throughout the Memorial Union and the expectations for providing this high-end service are high and rising.
  • Capital improvement projects are underway as resources allow.

An Overview of the Memorial Union

The Mission of the Iowa State University Memorial Union is:

  • to nurture common ground,
  • enrich and sustain individual lives,
  • and remember.

ISU Believes:

  • That the Memorial Union is a student-centered, full partner in the educational process
  • That building community builds loyalty and social responsibility
  • That programs and facilities are a unifying force
  • That ideas and experiences are powerful ingredients in holistic development
  • That participatory decision-making builds world citizens and leaders
  • That service and convenience provides essential support to individuals reaching for long-term goals
  • That remembrance of alumni and our service personnel is an active duty

Memorial Union Values:

  • Participation, exploration, experience, service, volunteerism
  • Social interaction, collaboration, partnerships, inclusiveness, unity
  • Creativity, discovery, inventiveness, active risk-taking and problem solving
  • Celebration, kindness, friendship, romance
  • Comfort, security, heritage, tradition, memories, stories
  • Proudfoot’s classic architectural design


Pete Englin, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Pete Englin, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of residence, moved into this expanded role on January 30, 2017. Before that time, Englin was the director of the department of residence. As assistant vice president for student affairs, Englin reports to the senior vice president for student affairs and provides executive leadership on behalf of the Memorial Union, ISU dining and the department of residence. Englin collaborates with division leadership to set the vision for capital planning and space management for student affairs. He also manages the student affairs strategic planning process and represents the senior vice president for student affairs on various committees and planning groups related to university capital projects.

Steve Winfrey, Director, Memorial Union

Steve Winfrey, director of the Memorial Union, joined Iowa State University in August of 2017. Winfrey provides leadership for the MU by advancing the mission and goals of the Division of Student Affairs. As director, he oversees and administers all MU facilities, programs, activities, products, services, and tenant relations. He also oversees the Student Activities Center, which provides opportunities for students to be successful, independent, and responsible learners. Winfrey has experience in the overall supervision of a university’s union facilities, services, and programs, including event services, reservations, strategic planning, assessment, leases, capital planning, building security, and custodial services. Winfrey comes to Iowa State from North Dakota State University, Fargo, where he served as director of the university’s Memorial Union since 2007 and supervised the completion of a facility renovation and addition.  Winfrey has an open, honest, and transparent style of leadership intended to empower staff to be and do their best work.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa, is one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities. Chartered in 1858 as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, it became the nation’s first land-grant institution when the Iowa General Assembly awarded it the state’s land-grant charter in 1864. The college opened in 1868–1869, and a class of 26 was graduated at the first commencement in 1872. Graduate study was offered almost as soon as classes began, and the first graduate degree was conferred in 1877. The college was renamed Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1898 and became Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1959. Today, Iowa State University is a comprehensive research university of international stature with over 36,000 students from all 99 counties in Iowa, 50 states, and 127 other nations.

Iowa State has led the development of several fields of study that are central to the land-grant movement, including engineering, agriculture, human sciences, and veterinary medicine. Extension, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003, traces its roots to Iowa and early outreach programs by Iowa State’s Adonijah Welch and Perry Holden. The legislation establishing the national Agricultural Experiment Station system was written by Iowa State faculty members Seaman Knapp and Charles Bessey in the 1880s.

George Washington Carver, one of the nation’s most distinguished educators and agricultural researchers, received bachelor’s (1894) and master’s (1896) degrees from Iowa State. The electronic digital computer, one of the most important technological innovations of the 20th century, was invented at Iowa State in the late 1930s by John Vincent Atanasoff. Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters and a key strategist behind the final ratification of the 19th Amendment, graduated as valedictorian of the Iowa State class of 1880.

Today, Iowa State is a recognized leader in many areas, including plant and animal genomics, materials sciences, analytical chemistry, biology, physics, behavioral studies, information assurance, virtual reality, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, business, journalism, kinesiology, transportation and logistics, and education. Major research initiatives involve the bioeconomy, food safety and security, combinatorial chemistry, human/computer interaction, and animal health.

Iowa State is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which consists of leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Iowa State aspires to be the best university in the nation in advancing the land-grant ideals and putting science and technology to work. The university’s mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

From a student perspective, Iowa State University is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. One hundred majors, over 800 clubs, and approximately 12,000 students living in campus residential facilities enrich college life on a beautiful, park-like campus. A tradition of cultural and popular performances makes campus life fun and memorable. At Iowa State University, students can discover their passions and unlock their potential.

Iowa State fields 18 varsity teams in the Big 12 Conference, one of the nation’s premier athletics leagues. A strong fan base helps the Cyclones continually break attendance records and earn top honors in national online polls ranking the best “student spirit” (Hilton Coliseum) and “most dominant mascot on Earth” (Cy).

Ames and Central Iowa

Beneath the small-town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. A city that has become a player in developing the world’s bio-economic future. A city with top-quality education, from kindergarten to graduate school. A city that regularly draws performers like Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Gabriel Iglesias, and Widespread Panic, along with international symphonies and Broadway musicals. A city with hundreds of acres of parks, numerous bike paths, and cultural festivals and celebrations. A city that has been ranked the second-most-livable small city in the nation.

Iowa is a place where neighborhoods are friendly and commutes are short. A place where quality public education is not just a dream, but a reality. A place of vibrant cities with shopping and entertainment possibilities. A place of endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

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Des Moines

Located 35 miles south of Ames, Des Moines is the state capital and the largest city in Iowa, with over 600,000 residents. Often referred to as “the Hartford of the West,” Des Moines is a major insurance and financial center housing the home office of the Principal Financial Group and branches of EMC Insurance Group, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Allied Insurance, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, and American Republic Insurance Company.

Wells Fargo is the city’s largest employer, and the 18,000-seat Wells Fargo Arena is the Des Moines area’s primary venue for sporting events and concerts. It is the home of the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League. Des Moines is also home to the Iowa Cubs baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. The I-Cubs, Class AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, play their home games at Principal Park, near the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.

Institutional Leadership

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen became the 16th president of Iowa State University on Nov. 20, 2017, after a nationwide search, followed by a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The first woman to hold the university’s highest office, Dr. Wintersteen has served Iowa State for nearly 40 years in several capacities.

After working in eastern and central Iowa as one of the first female ISU Extension associates in integrated pest management, Dr. Wintersteen completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State. Rising through the ranks to become a professor of entomology (with a brief stint at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.), she then assumed a number of administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Most recently, Dr. Wintersteen served for eleven years as the endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. During her tenure, CALS rapidly increased enrollment to become the third largest college of agriculture in the nation, research grants increased markedly, awards for teaching excellence grew, and the college achieved a 98 percent placement rate for its graduates.

As president, and with the support of her administrative team, Dr. Wintersteen is advancing Iowa State University for the 21st century with priorities focused on enhancing student success; recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff; strengthening innovation and research excellence; developing a culture of entrepreneurship; making Iowa State a national leader in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment; and growing state and private support for the university, its faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Wintersteen serves on the Board of Directors of the Big 12 Conference; the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a coalition of 11 public research universities aimed at making college degrees more attainable for underrepresented students; the Cultivation Corridor, a regional economic initiative to establish Iowa as the global center for excellence in agbiosciences, advanced manufacturing, and technology sectors; and Bankers Trust. She is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council of Presidents and was selected to serve on the APLU Research Intensive Committee beginning in 2019. She is part of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee and the Business Education Alliance.

She was selected for the 2018 Women of Influence award from the Des Moines Business Record.

Dr. Wintersteen holds a bachelor’s of science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and PhD in entomology from Iowa State University. She is married to Robert Waggoner, author and former businessman.

Dr. Martino Harmon, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Harmon assumed the position of senior vice president for student affairs on March 21, 2016. His previous appointment was as the associate vice president at Iowa State University since 2013. He brings extensive experience in admissions and enrollment management, student development, student activities, and diversity programming to Iowa State University.

As the associate vice president for student affairs, Dr. Harmon oversaw enrollment services, admissions, student financial aid, learning communities, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound programs, as well as the student affairs budget and human resources operations. Previously, Dr. Harmon was executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio; dean of student development at Rhodes State College, Lima, Ohio; and dean of admission, retention, and student life at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

From 1996 to 2007, he served in various leadership positions at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He was interim assistant dean of students, director of the University of Toledo’s African American Student Enrichment Office, and director of freshman admission, among other roles.

Dr. Harmon is a member of NASPA, the national association of student affairs administrators in higher education, and has held regional and state offices with American College Testing (ACT), the College Board, and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Committee on College Access. Dr. Harmon recently earned his doctoral degree in higher education and administration (2013) from the University of Toledo, and he holds a bachelor of business administration degree (1987) and a master’s in education (1998) from the University of Toledo.

The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

The University’s new strategic plan has been in development since late 2015, and went into effect on July 1, 2016.

The approved strategic plan is available at

The Academic Program

Colleges, Majors, and Pre-Professional Programs

The University is organized into eight colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

These colleges offer 100 bachelor’s degree programs, one professional degree (doctor of veterinary medicine), 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 PhD programs.

Departments with the largest number of undergraduate majors:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • Animal Science
  • Art and Design
  • Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
  • Psychology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Architecture
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Finance
  • Accounting

The Student Body

The University’s official fall, 2018, enrollment was 34,992, the fourth largest in school history:

  • Undergraduate 29,621
  • Graduate 4,774
  • Professional 597
  • New “direct from high school” students (freshman class) of 6,047 students includes 3,362 Iowans.
  • The freshman class has an average ACT score of greater than 25 and an average high school GPA of 3.64.
  • Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from 126 countries.
  • This fall, 19,022 Iowans are attending Iowa State (54.4 percent of the student body).
  • A total of 3,691 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2018, comprising 10.5% of the total enrollment.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in fall 2018, 15,083 (43%) were women and 19,909 (57%) were men.
  • Of undergraduate students, 42% were women, while 82% of professional students were women and 43% of graduate students were women.
  • Nearly one in four Iowa State students is either a minority or an international student. Total U.S. minority and international enrollment is 8,554 or 24.4% of the student body. U.S. minority enrollment is 4,883 (14% of total enrollment). For the past twelve years, Iowa State has met or exceeded the 8.5% minority enrollment goal set by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Benefits Overview

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin March 29, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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