Office of the President

President Leath is joined by university leaders, the Board of Regents, state legislators and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to mark the official grand opening of Iowa State's Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park. June 9, 2016

News from the Office of the President

Additional news and notes from President Leath can be found under the Messages tab

Annual address 

In his annual address to the Iowa State community Sept. 14, President Steven Leath introduced Iowa State's FY2017-22 Strategic Plan and his priorities for this academic year. Did you miss the speech? The full address is now online

FY18 State Appropriation Request

In a Sept. 8 presentation to the Board of Regents, President Leath detailed Iowa State's FY18 state appropriation request.

2016 Fall Enrollment

In a Sept. 8 presentation to the Board of Regents, President Leath revealed Iowa State's 2016 fall enrollment figures.

Diversity and inclusion efforts across academic units

The Division of Academic Affairs reports new efforts and progress to promote diversity and inclusion.

Principles of the Iowa State Community

In an Aug. 22 email to campus, President Leath reintroduced the Principles of the Iowa State Community.


Points of Pride

  • Educational Excellence: Iowa State marks 100 years of continuous accreditation.
  • Student experienceFall 2016 enrollment set a new record of 36,660 – marking the eighth consecutive year of record enrollment.
    • Serve more Iowa students (20,713) than any other institution 
    • Majority of students in 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties attend ISU
    • First-year retention rate increased to 87.6%
    • 50% of graduates earn degrees in STEM fields
    • 95% placement rate for graduating seniors
    • Average debt load for Iowa State graduates has declined 8.5% in three years (down 11% for resident students)
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Record number of international and U.S. multicultural students, totaling nearly 24 percent of the student body. Reintroduced Principles of the Iowa State Community
  • Research and scholarship: $425.8 million in external funding in FY16, 12% increase in research funding
  • Economic development: Grand opening of Iowa State's Economic Development Core Facility, the cornerstone of the ISU Research Park's, Phase 3 expansion and a gateway to the Cultivation Corridor. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities designates Iowa State an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
  • Fundraising and development: Moving Students Forward initiative reaches $200 million goal for student support and scholarships a full year ahead of schedule. 
  • Government relations: Secured an increase to the general university state appropriation for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Extension and OutreachPrograms impact more than 1 million Iowans annually with offices in all 99 counties.
  • Alumni: More than 242,000 Iowa State alumni live in nearly 150 countries; 100,223 live in Iowa.
  • Great value: Iowa State named best college in Iowa for providing high quality education at an affordable price.
  • Campus Beautification: 5th most beautiful campus in the world. 
  • Community: Ames is the best college town in the country. 
  • Honors2015 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial LectureA University President’s Perspective on the Economic Importance of Pursuing a Unifying Message to Make Agriculture a National Priority; selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.