AMES - Iowa State University has a new president, and she's already breaking barriers.
Wendy Wintersteen was chosen to be the 16th president of ISU on Monday. She's taking over after a six-month national search for the university's new leader. She beat out two men, and is now the first female to serve in the position at the school.
Wintersteen served at ISU as endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station since 2006. During her 11 years as dean, she helped raise more than $247 million in donor support for students, faculty and staff. Undergraduate enrollment in the college has grown by 90 percent, and the college’s placement rate for recent graduates has consistently been 97 percent or higher.
Wintersteen has been with Iowa State since 1979, leaving only briefly (1989 to 1990) to serve as acting National Pesticide Education Program leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Extension Service, Washington, D.C.
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