Associate vice president for finance named as interim for two top leadership positions

Alex Connor

Pamela Cain, who previously served as associate vice president for finance, was named interim senior vice president for university services, as well as interim chief financial officer, effective last month.

The two positions were left vacant after it was announced in early November that Kate Gregory would be resigning effective Nov. 22, 2017. Just a month prior, Miles Lackey announced he would be leaving Iowa State for Auburn University to serve on Auburn President Steven Leath’s chief of staff. His resignation was effective as of Dec. 31.

Cain began her work as interim senior vice president for university services on Nov. 20 and took over responsibilities as interim chief financial officer on Dec. 15, according to Iowa State’s news service. 

Gregory was hired in May 2016 to fill the newly created position of vice president for university services, which had been previously recognized as business and finance and was headed by Warren Madden. Lackey’s position of chief financial officer also derived from the office of business and finance. 

The decision to split the office of business and finance into two senior positions was, in part, an effort to reorganize the department.

Lackey’s and Gregory’s responsibilities, of which Cain will assume, include overseeing business services, environmental health and safety, facilities planning and management, public safety, Reiman Gardens, University Museums and WOI radio group, as well as the managing the division of finance. 

Cain will receive an annual salary of $250,000, according to an appointment request to the Board of Regents in December. 

No timeframe or schedule has been determined regarding the search for permanent replacements, according to university relations.

Additionally, there has been no appointment to the chief of staff position that Lackey previously held. 

Other recent appointments include Kristen Constant as interim vice president and chief information officer at an annual salary of $275,000 and Joe Colletti as interim endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at an annual salary of $328,141.