The Opportunity

Iowa State University (ISU) is one of the most student-centered public research universities in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As an internationally respected university ranked in the top tier of public universities by U.S. News and World Report and an invited member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student adventure rich in social and academic diversity. More than 33,300 students choose from 100 majors and hone their leadership skills in more than 900 clubs and student organizations. Iowa State’s land-grant research initiatives from its 100 centers and institutes help solve society’s greatest challenges and offer students opportunities to learn from and work alongside world-class scholars and researchers. A culturally diverse student body with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 Conference sports and a tradition of international cultural performances make campus life an adventure to remember. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 67,000 ranked as the number one “Best College Town in America” by and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Role of the Director of Facilities for Campus Life for Iowa State University

The Department of Residence at Iowa State University is seeking candidates for the director of facilities for campus life. The facilities include: 19 residence halls, two apartment communities (166 apartment buildings, tow community centers, and one laundry area), and various maintenance shops and storage facilities with a combined area of approximately 3.2M square feet. Department facilities comprise many different architectural styles and structural types constructed between 1916 and 2017.

In a collaborative and transparent manner, this position oversees and coordinates all facilities management, maintenance, repair, renovation, development, and construction activities associated with the residence halls, apartments, dining centers, and the Memorial Union. The director will be fully engaged in understanding the Iowa State University student experience to ensure that residents enjoy a high level of service and rapid response through advanced technology, innovative thinking, and service-oriented personnel. The director and their/they staff are responsible for providing a safe living environment for residents while maintaining buildings and grounds that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. The director serves as a resource and property management expert and oversees multiple craft, custodial, and maintenance services provided by Department of Residence staff, outside contractors, and vendors. The position also directs a broad array of construction projects which entails the solicitation of bids for maintenance contracts and the selection of consultants and contractors. As a part of this role, the director monitors projects for compliance, cost, and quality control inspections to ensure adherence to contract specifications, industry standards, and, where practical, best practices in sustainability and energy conservation. It is critical for the director to be a strong strategic thinker with the ability to serve as a connector between many different departments and offices in order to successfully move projects and ideas forward.

Under the direction of the associate vice president for campus life, the director will provide assessment and strategic planning for all assigned areas. The director works closely with the director of ISU dining services and the director of the memorial union on repair, renovation, and construction activities. The director establishes budgets, hiring practices, work hours, and cooperative work efforts among a variety of teams for a workforce of over 163 employees including professional, union, and student employees.

History of the Position

This position is vacant due to the retirement of the previous director who served in this capacity over eight years. He leaves behind an exemplary staff truly committed to serving the students in the best way possible. The new director has an incredibly strong foundation from which to build upon and grow.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The new director of facilities for campus life must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to the latest facilities services trends and innovations, change management, comprehensive collaboration, and strategic visioning in a multifaceted setting on a vibrant university campus. The director should be an experienced and energetic leader capable of managing complex situations, unwaveringly committed to cooperation and partnering at the highest level, possessing a deep understanding of professional and transparent communication principles, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at all times.

The following were identified as possible opportunities and challenges that will face the new director at Iowa State:

The Staff

The next director will find an extraordinary staff and leadership team. They all know their jobs well and are truly committed to providing the best service possible to the students and the campus. The leadership team is also dedicated to helping the new director learn and be successful as they understand the nuances of the campus and needs of the facilities. The staff are ready to do amazing things and look forward to having a director that will empower and positively challenge them. The director should be willing to listen carefully to staff in an effort to understand their concerns, discern their strengths, fully comprehend their jobs, and empower and engage each appropriately.

The department is asked to do many things on short notice; this director has to be flexible and exhibit the patience and perseverance to work through whatever might be requested. The team operates with the philosophy that all facilities should feel like home to the students. It is with this care and awareness that they carry out their work. The staff genuinely enjoy their work and each other which is evident in the pride they take in their facilities.

A continuing challenge exists with the state pay system and the inability for the union to negotiate pay increases. This impacts the recruitment and retention of many staff including custodians, cooks, maintenance staff, and front line service workers. It will be important for the new director to understand this history and be aware of how this might impact morale.



The Facilities

With 3.2 million square footage to oversee and various types of facilities spread throughout campus, this director has a great deal to learn. In addition, there are numerous moving parts all of the time and new requests are regularly received. This will require a director that is extremely knowledgeable and up for the challenge of nearly 100 capital projects occurring simultaneously.

Due to COVID and the resulting budget constraints, the department is behind on some of the projects slated for a few facilities. As the department recovers from COVID, the budgets will improve, but the director should expect to do to more with less for a few years. Also, in five years, the department’s debt ratio will decrease significantly, thus providing a great opportunity for a director to assess and make plans now to take advantage of this decreased debt. In addition, with so many facilities ranging in age, the director should have solid experience with deferred maintenance and clearly setting priorities.

The Institution

Iowa State is an amazing place to work. This is evident in the longevity of the leadership team within the department. Iowa State and Campus Life represent limitless potential and opportunities for this new director.

The campus employs a very relational and collaborative approach to their work and the new director will find a supportive group of partners and stakeholders excited to innovate and create positive change in order to improve the student experience. It is expected the director will be involved in the community and seek new ways to engage with stakeholders.

The new director should bring a sense of camaraderie and collegiality to the position, serving as a “connector” and “face” of campus life facilities. Working together with other leaders across the University, the director should provide positive energy and direction for the department, while also being able to make data-driven decisions that are in the best interest of ISU and the students.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Iowa State, the following will define initial success for the director.

  • The director has formed strong relationships with the direct report and the entire staff and trust has been established; morale is high and a positive culture has been fostered.
  • The staff feel the department is moving in the right direction with a strategic vision and embrace creative ideas and efficiencies to provide excellent service to the students.
  • The director has taken the time to learn about the entire staff, their skills, roles, and responsibilities.
  • The director has a solid understanding of the Iowa State culture and is considered to be an engaging partner with other academic and administrative departments.
  • Communication from the department is timely and transparent, both internally and to campus constituents.
  • The director has meaningful interactions with the students.
  • Current projects are on track and being completed in a timely manner, timelines are being formed and adhered to, and new projects and strategic initiatives are in planning or underway.


Qualifications and Characteristics

A bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience are required as is the ability to demonstrate a history of providing a high degree of customer satisfaction and operational management. In addition, the director must have the ability to effectively collaborate and partner with internal and external colleagues to create measurable organizational improvement. The successful candidate must have experience with the project management of capital construction projects and vendor contracts; facilities management and operations experience in a university, hospitality, or public access facility setting, with knowledge of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, maintenance, and repairs contracts; and experience advising, training, and supervising college students. Further, the next director must have a demonstrated record of actively supporting diversity, inclusion, and social justice and a willingness to truly embrace the Division of Student Affairs’ core values and priorities.

In addition to the above-stated qualifications and characteristics, Iowa State stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important to the director (in no particular order):

  • a broad and deep understanding and knowledge base around facilities services especially those closely related to campus life and the student experience or similar environments;
  • strong leadership, integrity, and organizational development abilities that inspire and develop others, promoting unity and teamwork throughout the department;
  • credible, engaging, supportive, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member’s position, respect for their work and contributions, and a proficiency at advocating for the needs of staff and students;
  • serve as a true advocate and “face” for the entire department, positively representing their work and needs effectively to leadership and the campus community;
  • compassionate, accessible, transparent, ethical leader with excellent communication skills to clearly articulate vision, direction, and purpose and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, and students;
  • genuinely enjoy working with students and helping enhance the students experience;
  • maintenance and capital project experience, with an understanding of how to maintain facilities effectively once they are built;
  • the ability to actively listen, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the University and its culture and priorities, and accept input from all levels of the institutional community;
  • highly energetic individual with a strong sense of self and ability to appropriately infuse humor and enthusiasm into the workplace and campus community;
  • strong technology skills and background, understanding the value and importance of technology in a 21st century world;
  • a systems or systematic mindset, which includes a proactive approach to the job, the ability to take initiative and identify areas that are lacking, and provide solutions that are systematic in nature;
  • a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit, with the ability to be open-minded, determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
  • strong assessment skills, with the ability to make data-driven decisions that are easily communicated, set expectations, devise and fully implement plans, analyze the results, and propose further systematic changes and updates based on these outcomes;
  • a strong commitment to cultivating collaborative relationships and building partnerships across all levels of the institution and the surrounding community;
  • politically savvy, with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of the University and the Ames community.

Institution & Location

Overview of the Department of Campus life

The Campus Life unit, part of the Division of Student Affairs, provides a supportive home, amazing food, student engagement, and leadership development to help students reach their goals while they are at Iowa State and beyond.

  • Department of Residence
  • ISU Dining
  • Memorial Union

Department of Residence

With over 400 full-time, part-time, and student employees, the Department of Residence is one of the largest non-academic departments on campus. The residence life, facilities, administrative, business, marketing, conference, and technology staff work to ensure a supportive learning and social environment where students can thrive as they pursue their Iowa State adventure.


To serve as the premier living environment for advancing student success at Iowa State University.


To advance student success at Iowa State University by providing the most supportive and inclusive living/learning communities.


The Department of Residence is dedicated to providing a student-centered, co-curricular environment that enhances the academic mission of the University, and which embodies the belief that learning at Iowa State University has no physical boundaries. Through the programs, services, and interactions provided by the Department of Residence, students are empowered to become engaged learners, responsible citizens, dynamic leaders, and individuals who are guided by integrity. The University is committed to challenging Iowa State University students to broaden their world view in a campus culture that values and respects individual differences.

The Department of Residence staff is proactive regarding student needs and interests. Staff challenges students to expand their horizons and to make healthy and ethical decisions. A hallmark of its operating style is the creation of collaborative partnerships with students, their families, faculty, staff, and alumni that foster the development and transformation of students within a supported and healthy campus community. As professional educators the Department of Residence staff is committed to constantly improving their knowledge and skills in order to provide the optimal educationally purposeful environment for students.


Student Success: Ensuring students persist, graduate, and experience success.
Community Engagement: Empowering students to become engaged learners, responsible citizens, and dynamic leaders
Outstanding Facilities: Providing facilities that serve students well.
Health and Support: Offering programs and structures that foster a supportive and healthy community.
Resource Management: Improving staff knowledge, skills, and management of resources for optimal, educationally purposeful environment.

ISU Dining

ISU Dining is a large campus organization that serves a variety of customers. The residential dining centers, cafés, convenience stores, food court, restaurants, food trucks, catering department, culinary support center, bakery and food stores are all here to serve. They work closely with student and faculty groups to ensure they are meeting and exceeding the needs of the Iowa State community.


ISU Dining provides a variety of quality and sustainable culinary experiences that enhance the educational and cultural aspects of Iowa State University.


ISU Dining strives to be one of the premier university dining operations in the country and a pillar of service for the Cyclone community.


ISU Dining values the diversity of identities, experiences, and voices within the Iowa State University community. ISU Dining firmly respects and appreciates each member of the Cyclone community and strives to be inclusive in all aspects. Its commitment is tied to each of the interactions, services, dining options, and decisions made.

Memorial Union


The Memorial Union completes the college experience by developing leadership, community, and career readiness.


The Memorial Union will be known for transformative experiences, engaging programs, impressive facilities, outstanding services, and collaborative partnerships that align with the academic mission of campus.

As engaged global citizens, students will remember it as a key component in their personal success, as a living memorial, and as a community where all feel welcomed, valued, and have a voice.


Service – From customer service to service learning, the Memorial Union thinks of others first, and recognize their work and their worth.
Inclusion – The Memorial Union is a welcoming harbor for all thoughts, ideas, opinions, individuals, and communities, and share their stories.
Creativity – The Memorial Union generates new ideas to solve problems, communicate, and engage.
Innovation – The Memorial Union adapts and evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of students.
Lifelong Learning – The Memorial Union fosters memorable learning experiences beyond the classroom that can supplement classwork, life skills, career readiness, and personal fulfillment for all ages.

Leadership of the Department

Pete Englin, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Director of Residence

Dr. Peter Englin, who goes by “Pete,” joined Iowa State University in 1989 and since 2017 has served as the associate vice president for campus life and director of residence. As associate vice president for campus life and director of residence, Pete leads the Department of Residence while also providing oversight for ISU Dining, Memorial Union, Division of Student Affairs Capital Projects, and Divisional Strategic Planning. His first ten years at ISU were in the Department of Residence. Pete then spent six years in the Dean of Students Office, five of those years serving as dean of students. In 2005 he returned to Residence as director of residence.

Pete has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and master’s degree in Education from North Dakota State University. His PhD includes co-majors in Family Consumer Sciences and Hospitality Management from Iowa State University. He also is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education Higher Education program and serves on numerous master’s and PhD candidate committees.

He has been active in several professional and community organizations throughout his career, including United Way of Story County, Character Counts in Ames, Ames and Iowa State University Campus and Community Commission, Ames Soccer Club, Hunziker Youth Sports Complex, Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, Healthiest Ames Initiative, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, and Iowa Student Personnel Association.

The Division of Student Affairs

Integral to the rich and vibrant Iowa State University experience, Student Affairs challenges and empowers students to succeed as productive citizens and leaders in a diverse community.

Core Values

Student Development & Engagement

In recognizing the uniqueness of each student, the Division of Student Affairs supports their overall growth and development through leadership and involvement opportunities, rich and meaningful co-curricular activities, and global engagement experiences. The Division also works to remain accessible and responsive to students, and to minimize barriers that inhibit effective learning.

Connection, Collaboration, & Communication

The Division of Student Affairs strives to share successes and outcomes with the community, ensuring transparency and inviting discussion about where it can enhance its work. Further, it desires to instill a global mindset in all Cyclones to enhance their cultural awareness and intercultural competence.

Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice

The Division of Student Affairs seeks to welcome and engage all Cyclones in an effort to create a respectful, responsible community that allows for equitable access to learning and involvement.

Holistic Health, Wellness, & Safety of Students & Staff

Cyclones should feel safe anywhere at Iowa State University. The Division of Student Affair’s programs, services, and interactions are designed to embody this and to identify areas where continued work needs to occur. It functions best when everyone aspires to their best physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, environmental, occupational, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

Division Priorities

Safety, Health & Well-Being

The Division of Student Affairs will work to create a safe, healthy, and wellness-focused environment for ISU students and student affairs staff so that they may thrive at ISU, in the Ames community, and the world beyond.

Student Success

The Division of Student Affairs will collaborate with Academic Affairs, the ISU Foundation, and other campus partners to achieve measurable progress towards closing the achievement gap for multicultural, first-generation, low-socioeconomic, and student Veterans.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Division of Student Affairs will promote and enhance the climate on campus and in the surrounding communities, so all are welcomed, included, and valued.

Assessment & Research

The Division of Student Affairs will ensure that programs, policies, and practices are informed by assessment and research to better promote student enrollment, development, learning, and overall student success.

Staff Development & Retention

The Division of Student Affairs will create intentional opportunities to support staff and make available the resources, tools, professional development, and the growth opportunities they need to be successful.

Leadership of the Division

Toyia Younger, Senior President for Student Affairs

Dr. Younger assumed the position of senior vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University on August 17, 2020. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the division, which encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of units, offices, and teams organized into three units that include the Dean of Students Office, Student Health and Wellness, and Campus Life, each led by an Associate Vice President.

Dr. Younger joined the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 2016 after serving as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including an 11-month appointment as interim chief diversity officer. She also held positions as assistant provost for academic affairs at Towson University in Maryland and director of student affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Younger holds a bachelor’s degree in social relations from Michigan State University; a master’s degree in counseling from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and a PhD in education policy from the University of Maryland.

Institutional Overview

Institutional background/history

Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm (now Iowa State University) was officially established on March 22, 1858, by the legislature of the State of Iowa.  Story County was selected as a site on June 21, 1859, and the original farm of 648 acres was purchased for a cost of $5,379.  The Farm House, the first building on the Iowa State campus, was completed in 1861, and in 1862, the Iowa legislature voted to accept the provision of the Morrill Act, which was awarded to the agricultural college in 1864. Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts as of 1898), as a land grant institution, focused on the ideals that higher education should be accessible to all and that the University should teach liberal and practical subjects. These ideals are integral to the land-grant University.

The first official class entered at Ames in 1869, and the first class (24 men and 2 women) graduated in 1872. Iowa State was and is a leader in agriculture, engineering, extension, home economics, and created the nation’s first state veterinary medicine school in 1879.

In 1959, the College was officially renamed Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The focus on technology has led directly to many research patents and inventions including the first binary computer (the ABC), Maytag blue cheese, the round hay baler, and many more.

Beginning with a small number of students and Old Main, Iowa State University now has approximately 27,000 students and over 100 buildings with world class programs in agriculture, technology, science, and art.

Iowa State University is a very special place, full of history. But what truly makes it unique is a rare combination of campus beauty, the opportunity to be a part of the land-grant experiment, and to create a progressive and inventive spirit that it calls the Cyclone experience. Appreciate what we have here, for it is indeed, one of a kind.

Ames, IA

Beneath the small town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. With a population of more than 65,000, Ames offers cultural, recreational, educational, business, and entertainment amenities more common in bigger metros. As a growing city, Ames continues to focus on building a strong community filled with opportunities for all. There are so many reasons that Ames, Iowa, is the Smart Choice!

In 2015, Ames was named one of the “15 Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession” by Bloomberg Business and one of the top 25 “Best Places for STEM Grads.” Ames ranked No. 8 by Niche Ranking for “Best Towns for Millennials in America.” Additionally, USA Today named Ames as the healthiest city in America!

These awards highlight the wonderful aspects of Ames that residents have enjoyed for years – friendly people, beautiful parks, great shopping, progressive schools, cultural and entertainment venues, quality healthcare, and recreational opportunities in every season. In 2015, the Ames Public Library celebrated its first anniversary in its expanded facility after an $18-million renovation that nearly doubled its size. A groundbreaking was held to mark the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $75-million water treatment plant, and the Ames Power Plant has converted from coal-produced electricity to cleaner natural gas. Throughout Ames, there is evidence of growth.

Home to Iowa State University, Ames not only educates students from around the globe, but has become a player in developing the world’s bio-economic future. No visit to Ames would be complete without experiencing Iowa State University. The campus boasts large expanses of green space, attractive buildings, and more than 36,000 students. The University brings excitement and vitality to the city and provides cultural and entertainment options typically found only in larger cities.


Ames is a city offering top-quality education from kindergarten to advanced degrees, and Ames High School routinely boasts the highest number of National Merit Scholar Finalists in the state. Small class sizes and experienced teachers with advanced degrees make the schools districts serving Ames the example for others. As the medical hub for multiple counties, health care in Ames is accessible and advanced with medical professionals offering state-of-the-art medical intervention close to home.

Mission and Vision

The mission and vision are part of the FY2017-2022 strategic plan.

Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Iowa State’s focus has always been its students. The University emphasizes learning by doing. ISU students take advantage of many opportunities to engage in real-world class experiences and cutting-edge research, to study in other countries, and to test their leadership skills in 800-plus campus organizations. They are tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers and they’re ready to get started. In addition to educating students, Iowa State faculty and staff are conducting basic and applied research to improve lives and sustain the planet. They are boosting crop production, protecting natural resources, perfecting biobased fuels, refining wind turbines, designing human and animal vaccines, improving firefighting gear, fighting Parkinson’s disease, fostering economic growth and development, strengthening forensic science techniques, assessing the effects of media violence, devising defenses against cyber-attacks, enhancing the quality of life through the arts and humanities, and educating the leaders of tomorrow. As a member of the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Iowa State is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship with local, national, and international impact.

As the land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, Iowa State University wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders. It’s no surprise that Iowa State pioneered the first statewide Extension Service in 1906. The extension experiment – universities actively transferring their research and expertise to every corner of every state – was immensely successful across America and remains so today. More than a million Iowans annually benefit directly from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.

As the world has gotten smaller, the scope of Iowa State’s mission has increased. ISU faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to improving lives around the nation and the world. The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence is helping to improve forensic evidence to create a more objective criminal justice system. The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helps support a longstanding program to help Ugandans improve farming, launch home businesses, keep children in school, and build food security. Through these activities and many others, Iowa State presses forward, on a mission to help make the world safe and sustainable for generations to come.



Vision: Iowa State University will lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

Iowa State University of Science and Technology lives up to its name in many ways. Half of its undergraduates major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The campus is a hub of creative and entrepreneurial activity. ISU and the city of Ames are home to a national laboratory; five federal research labs; world-class programs in genomic-based agricultural breeding, health, and biotechnology; renowned institutes in virtual reality, plant sciences, and the bioeconomy; and the only university in Iowa with ROTC programs for all military services. The Iowa State University Research Park, which helps move discoveries to market, has launched numerous start-up companies, including some that are recognized worldwide for ingenuity and major contributions.

Iowa State University has the talent and the facilities to lead the urgent, global quest for solutions. Providing these solutions and preparing the next generation of leaders and problem solvers requires efforts from across campus. It is the combination of all of the academic colleges, units, and departments that create the community of scholars necessary for this work. This University is and always has been a community of practical, hardworking problem-solvers. Major investments in new research and educational facilities and an outstanding tradition of cross-disciplinary research bring all of ISU’s colleges and departments together with global partners. Iowa State is dedicated to the belief that with hard work and innovation, future generations will have ample food and fuel, good health, and a safe, bountiful planet.


The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

The University’s latest strategic plan went into effect on July 1, 2016.

The approved strategic plan is available at



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 more than 40 years in several capacities.

As president, 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 research excellence, establishing a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports new businesses and economic growth, cultivating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, and growing state and private support for the University, its faculty, staff, and students.

With the launch of Iowa State’s new brand campaign, Innovate at Iowa State, Dr. Wintersteen is establishing her vision of a university where innovation and entrepreneurship are part of every college and opportunities abound for students and faculty to move their entrepreneurial ideas forward.

Central to this vision is the new 144,000 square foot Student Innovation Center, which serves as the meeting hub (and laboratory and engineering space) for students, classes, and clubs excited by the possibilities of creating marketable solutions, holding pitch-off competitions, and envisioning new businesses.

Under her leadership, ISU is becoming nationally recognized for innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. The prestigious Princeton Review ranked Iowa State #11 in the country for entrepreneurial studies out of 300 public and private universities. Iowa State also received the 2021 Model Program Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, noting “Iowa State’s program was expansive in its scale and boldly embraced the challenges of engendering innovation and entrepreneurship across its campus.”

ISU boasts a 95% placement rate for its graduates, and unprecedented support from private donors for student scholarships, faculty positions, programs, and new facilities. Iowa State consistently ranks in the Top 100 universities worldwide (currently #65) for number of U.S. patents as ISU faculty and staff excel at transferring their research, technology, and innovation to the marketplace to address complex scientific and global challenges, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities to make Iowa more competitive. ISU Extension and Outreach programs operate in all 99 counties to directly benefit more than one million Iowans each year.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Wintersteen served for eleven years as the inaugural endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. During her tenure, Iowa State’s agricultural programs ranked in the top 10 worldwide, CALS enrollment rapidly increased 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% placement rate for its graduates.

Dr. Wintersteen began her career working in eastern and central Iowa as one of the first female ISU Extension associates in integrated pest management. She then completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the ranks to become a professor of entomology (with a brief stint at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.), followed by successively senior administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Dr. Wintersteen was selected in 2020 to serve on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation to develop a comprehensive national strategy to expand innovation through diversity and increasing opportunities for all Americans. She is a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Council’s flagship initiative, the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers, aimed at increasing the U.S.’s economic competitiveness in the global marketplace. She is also 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. She 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; America’s 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 part of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee and the Business Education Alliance. She also serves on the World Food Prize Council of Advisors and the World Food Prize Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Wintersteen was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2021. She is the recipient of the 2020 Food Systems Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for her extraordinary impact on the food system through leadership and service. Dr. Wintersteen received the 2020 National Ruby Award, the most prestigious recognition given by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honor society for extension professionals. In 2018, she was named a Woman of Influence 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.

Org charts for the campus/cabinet:

Academic Programs

The Iowa State 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

Iowa State at a glance, fall 2020:

Total Enrollment: 31,825

Undergraduate Total: 26,846

Graduate Students: 4,352

Professional Students: 627

Interesting Statistics 2020:

  • New direct from high school students (freshman class) of 5,071 students includes 3,053 Iowans.
  • The freshman class has an average ACT score of 25 and an average high school GPA of 3.71.
  • Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from 109 countries.
  • U.S. multicultural enrollment is a record 4,924 (15.5% of total enrollment).
  • This fall, 17,911 Iowans are attending Iowa State (56.3% of the student body).
  • A total of 2,592 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2020, comprising 8.1% of the total enrollment.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in fall 2020, 14,543 (44%) were women and 18,848 (56%) were men.
  • Of undergraduate students, 43% were women, while 83% of professional students were women and 45% of graduate students were women.

Benefits Overview

• Medical insurance
• Dental insurance
• Vision discount plan
• Prescription drug insurance
• Life insurance
• Long-term disability insurance
• Retirement plans
• Health care flexible spending account and dependent care assistance program
• Sick leave
• Vacation and holidays
• Tuition discounts for employee
• Vendor discounts

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately 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 Heather Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.