Dr. Wendy Wintersteen was selected Oct. 23, 2017, to serve as Iowa State University's 16th president. She assumed the office Nov. 20 and is the first woman president in the university’s history. From 2006-2017, Dr. Wintersteen served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University. She was also the holder of the university’s first endowed deanship. Prior to becoming dean, she served as the college’s senior associate dean and associate director of the Experiment Station. In her career at Iowa State, she also has served as professor of entomology; director of Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources; and coordinator of pesticide management and pesticide applicator training programs. She serves on the board of trustees of the Farm Foundation, the board of directors for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.
President Wintersteen regrets that her leadership duties prevent her from mentoring graduate students.