Former ISU President Gregory Geoffroy to leave Iowa State


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The 14th president of Iowa State, Gregory Geoffroy, talks in an interview about the end of his presidency at Iowa State in his office at Beardshear Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 6. After stepping down, Geoffroy will teach seminars in higher education and freshman-level chemistry. Steven Leath, vice president for research and sponsored programs at the University of North Carolina, will take over as ISU president.

Tedi Mathis

Gregory Geoffroy, former ISU president, is taking a position with Ashford University as the next chairman for the Board of Trustees, according to an Ames Tribune article

Geoffroy served as president of Iowa State for 10 years, finishing last winter, and has been teaching at Iowa State since then.  Though he is not retiring from Iowa State until July, he will begin working for Ashford University on March 9, according to the Ames Tribune.

Ashford University, according to its website, is a private, for-profit university based out of Clinton, Iowa.  

In an interview with the Ames Tribune, Geoffroy said he likes the idea of a for-profit university like Ashford because its only focus is education.

“That singular focus really makes them, in many ways, much more efficient in providing that education. It’s all they do, so that’s their lifeblood,” he said in the article.