ISU launches search for next ag college dean

ISU launches search for next ag college dean

Iowa State University has launched the search for the endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station.


The successful candidate will succeed Wendy Wintersteen, who became the university’s 16th president in November. Joe Colletti will continue to serve in the interim roles until the search process concludes.


“This important and high-profile appointment is critical not only for the success of the university, but also for Iowa’s agriculture and biosciences economy,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert. “We expect to recruit a leader who will continue to grow the college and build upon the accomplishments of President Wintersteen during the last 11 years.”


The search process will begin with the nomination of high-quality candidates, followed by a review of applications, and interviews of semifinalist and finalist candidates. The search firm of Buffkin/Baker has been retained to assist the committee throughout the process.


David Spalding, Raisbeck endowed dean of the Ivy College of Business, and Guru Rao, associate vice president for research, will co-chair the search committee. Iowa Pork Producers Association President-elect Gregg Hora of Fort Dodge is serving on the 20-member committee.