ISU formally welcomes President Steven Leath

Myra Krieger-Coen

After eight months on the job, Steven Leath will be formally welcomed as Iowa State’s 15th president. The installation ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 14, in Stephens Auditorium. It will begin at 10 a.m. with a reception following in the Celebrity Cafe at 11:30 a.m.

President Leath will be welcomed on campus by ISU students, Cyclone pep band, Cy and the cheerleaders on the eve of his installation. The public celebration will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, near the Campanile on Central Campus.

Other events open to the public include an address delivered by Erskine Bowles, as well as the presidential installation and reception.

“We hope many members of the university community and Iowa State friends will join us at the ceremony and become a part of this special moment in Iowa State history,” said Olivia Madison, dean of the library and chairwoman of the installation planning committee.

Those unable to attend the installation are encouraged to watch the presidential installation website, where the event will be streamed live and posted for later viewing.

Bowles, in addition to giving an address, will introduce Leath in the ceremony. With a long history in business and public service, Bowles also served as president of University of North Carolina where he named Leath vice president of research and sponsored programs.

Leath, who assumed leadership of the university Jan. 16, will give his installation address, in which he will share his vision for Iowa State and his plans to get there.