Iowa State University names new president

AMES - Wendy Wintersteen was named Iowa State University's newest president Monday evening by the Iowa Board of Regents.

For the first time in ISU's 159-year history, a woman will serve as the university's 16th president.

"I am so honored and humbled to be named the next president of Iowa State Univerisity," said Dr. Wintersteen. "I want to go out into the college's and other units of the university and hear what staff and faculty and student's have to share with me. It is important to hear their stories, it is important to hear what they think if we can move forward  in terms of opportunities and also hear their challenges."

Wintersteen has spent nearly four decades at the university serving a variety of different roles. The 61-year-old is currently the Dean of Iowa State's Agriculture College. She says she already has ideas she is ready to bring to the table. 

"I think its time to look at those again, what are the processes and procedures," said Dr. Wintersteen. "What is it we can prune away or don't need to do anymore so that we can have our faculty and staff go back to their core responsibilities in teaching, research and extension."

The appointment comes after a six month nationwide search after ISU's former president resigned last spring. The Iowa Board of Regents deliberated for hours Monday afternoon before making a decision on who the successor would be. 

"I was thrilled they chose me unanimously," said Dr. Wintersteen. "I was thrilled that they chose me as the president. I am just so thankful to have the opportunity to serve in this role."

The role is one she says she's ready for.

"I love Iowa State's commitment to its students, I love Iowa State's commitment to its state," said Dr. Wintersteen. "It is truly an extraordinary land grant university and I believe in that philosophy. I believe we are here to serve and that's what keeps me coming back. It's the students and the citizens of the state."

Dr. Wintersteen will begin her term on Nov. 20. 

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