Beginning of a new era


Charlie Coffey/Iowa State Daily

Tom Hill, senior vice president of student affairs, greets Daniel Breitbarth, student government president, during Hill’s retirement ceremony on Dec. 14 in the Sun Room.

Since the start of 2015, Iowa State has experienced multiple faculty changes throughout the year, leaving eight major roles either open, controlled by an interim director or under new management.

ISU President Steven Leath announced on his Twitter account Tuesday night the retirement of Warren Madden, the senior vice president for business and finance.

Madden has served the university for nearly 50 years, according to his biography on Iowa State’s business and finance website. 

According to the ISU Alumni Association, Madden received his bachelor of science degree from Iowa State in industrial engineering in 1961. He then went on to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago before eventually returning to Ames.

He served in a variety in positions at the university before he was named Vice President for Business and Finance in 1984. In 2012, he became the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and has held the position since.

Pamela Anthony, who has been the dean of students since August 2012, made the decision to leave Iowa State.

“It’s time for me to start a new adventure,” Anthony said in a previous interview.

Anthony left for the position of vice president of student affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. For the time being, Keith Robinder is serving as the interim dean of students until a new dean is hired. The search for a new dean will begin once the new Vice President of Student Affairs is named in the spring.

Erin Baldwin took over as the director of Thielen Health Center on Jan. 4.

“I am really anxious to get to campus and get to work to make the health center the best for students,” Baldwin said in a previous interview.

Baldwin took over after the previous director, Michelle Hendricks, retired. Both Martino Harmon, associate vice president of student affairs, and Mary Hensley, a retired administrator from the University of Minnesota, took turns serving as interim directors of the health center while the search was underway for a new one.

As of Dec. 1, Reginald Stewart has been taking on the role of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. This position is brand new to Iowa State.

“There is no road map, it’s a brand new position,” said Pamela Anthony, at the time Dean of Students, in an interview regarding the position.

After Robinette Kelley left the position as director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Mary Howell Sirna, the administrative advisor for ISU Police, has been taking on the role of interim director. Sirna will be in the position until a new director is hired. Right now there are four finalists for the position, all of whom will be visiting campus sometime in February.

Leaving in March of 2015, as the former International Students and Scholars (ISSO) Director, James Dorsett is currently residing at Michigan State serving as the campus ISSO Director. Deb Vance, the current assistant director of the ISSO, has taken over as the interim director as the position is awaiting to be filled.

“I’ve been in this office for over 30 years, so for me and everyone else it’s not a big change,” Vance said.

However due to the ISSO Director being under control of the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, an office yet to be filled, the search for a replacement will be put on hiatus for the time being.

Hired at the start of January, Mohammad Ali has begun work as the current campus dining director. Initiatives for Ali include addressing issues of overcrowding among students as well as creating more healthy or organic options at the dining centers.

“There are more resources available, not just produce but with meats, chicken. It’s amazing. And the ability to build relationships with local farmers, there is just more opportunity [in Iowa],” Ali said in a previous interview.

The previous director, Nancy Kellar, stepped down in January of last year to pursue a job as the resident district manager at Gonzaga University.

As of August, Joyce Davidson has been residing as the interim director of the Student Counseling Center. Much like the director of the ISSO position, the Counseling Center reports to the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, making the task of hiring unavailable until that position is filled.

The former director, Terry Mason, left in July of 2015 after 22 years of service. He now works as the president of Synergy Counseling and Consultation in Ames.

After Dr. Tom Hill retired from the role of Senior Vice President of Student Affairs in December, the university was tasked with creating a search for a replacement as well as in a timely manner due to the magnitude of the position.

“This is the person that leads the most important aspect of any university, the students,” said Michael Crum, the lead cochere of the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs search and part of the Office of Economic Development. “There are over 10 different units that report to the position including multicultural organizations, student services and dining.”

A committee of close to 16 members, including three students, sorted through applications and conducted face to face interviews until only three people remained. Open forums for these candidates began on Jan. 26 and will continue through next week, with the position hoping to be filled within a month.

”We haven’t been skipping a beat at all, Dr. Hill provided us with great leadership and we are hoping to find someone who can carry on that tradition and help us grow further,” Crum said.