List of Presidents of Iowa State University
Following are presidents of Iowa State University.
- 1 Presidents of Iowa State University
- 1.1 Adonijah Welch
- 1.2 Seaman A. Knapp
- 1.3 Leigh S. J. Hunt
- 1.4 William I. Chamberlain
- 1.5 William M. Beardshear
- 1.6 Albert B. Storms
- 1.7 Raymond A. Pearson
- 1.8 Raymond M. Hughes
- 1.9 Charles E. Friley
- 1.10 James H. Hilton
- 1.11 W. Robert Parks
- 1.12 Gordon P. Eaton
- 1.13 Martin C. Jischke
- 1.14 Gregory L. Geoffroy
- 1.15 Steven Leath
- 2 See also
- 3 References
Presidents of Iowa State University
- First principal of Michigan State Normal School (Eastern Michigan University) from 1852 to 1865
- Senator (RepublicanR-FL) June 17, 1868 to March 3, 1869 (declined renomination to accept presidency @ ISU)
- 1st ISU president from 1868 to 1883
- Design of early campus
- Helped develop agriculture and mechanical arts courses
- History of civilization and practical psychology chair from 1884 until death
Welch's first wife was Eunice P. Buckingham (married in 1859) and had three children. After Eunice's death in 1867 he married Mary Beaumont Dudley in 1868 and had two more children.
Welch Avenue, one of the main streets in the Campustown area of Ames, is named for Welch.
Seaman A. Knapp
Seaman Asahal Knapp (December 16, 1833 – April 1, 1911) was the 2nd president of ISU. Born in northern New York.
- Vice-president of Fort Edward Collegiate Institute (1856–1863)
- Assistant manager of Ripley Female College (Green Mountain College) (1864–1865)
- Methodist minister
- Head of the Iowa College for the Blind
- First chair of agriculture at ISU in 1879
- 2nd ISU president from December 1884 to December 1885
- Started first demonstration farm in Terrell, Texas
Knapp and his wife Maria Elizabeth Hotchkiss were married in 1856 and had six children.
Knapp Street, near the ISU campus, is named for Knapp. A former residence hall named after Knapp was demolished in 2005.
Leigh S. J. Hunt
- Undergraduate degree from Middlebury College via correspondence course
- Independent study of law; passed Indiana bar exam
- Taught in a public school in Indiana
- Superintendent of Mount Pleasant, Iowa schools in 1880
- Superintendent of East Des Moines Independent School District, Des Moines, Iowa in 1882
- 3rd ISU president from February 1885 to July 1886
- Business man:
Hunt and his wife Jessie Noble were married in 1885 and had two children, Helen & Henry.
Hunt Street, near the ISU campus, is named for Hunt.
William I. Chamberlain
- Western Reserve College (Case Western Reserve University); graduated 1859
- Greek instructor at Western Reserve College after graduation from 1859 to 1865
- Experimented agriculturally with fertilizers, drainage, & crop rotation
- State Secretary of Agriculture of Ohio 1880 to 1886
- 4th ISU president from July 1886 to November 1890
- Board of Trustees of Ohio State University and Ohio Experiment Station
- Associate editor of the Ohio Farmer and National Stockman and Farmer
Chamberlain and his wife Lucy Jones Marshall were married on July 16, 1863 and had six children.
Chamberlain Street, in the campustown area of Ames, is named for Chamberlain.
William M. Beardshear
William Miller Beardshear (1850–1902) was the 5th president of ISU. Born in Ohio and died in 1902 from complications of a heart attack.
- During the Civil War, he joined the Union army at the age of 14
- President of Western College in Toledo, Iowa
- Superintendent of schools in West Des Moines, Iowa
- 5th ISU president from February 1891 to August 1902
- Developed new agricultural programs
- Hired notable faculty:
- Following buildings added:
- School colors of cardinal & gold named
- 1st Bomb (yearbook) was published in 1893
- Became known as the Cyclones in 1895
Beardshear Hall, on the ISU campus, is named for Beardshear. It houses university administrative offices including those of the president and the provost.
Albert B. Storms
- A.B. University of Michigan 1884
- M.A. University of Michigan 1893
- PhD in divinity Lawrence University 1903
- PhD in law Drake University 1905
- Methodist minister from 1884 to 1903 in Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Des Moines, Iowa
- 6th ISU president from September 1903 to August 1910
- Agricultural Extension Service started
- Developed landscape plans and built 18 buildings:
- Put departments under direction of deans
- Diversified degrees & courses offered
- Removed ban of fraternities and sororities
- Resignation over the creation of the State Board of Education
- Minister in Indianapolis, Indiana after ISU presidency
- Superintendent of the Indianapolis, Indiana district of the Methodist Church
- President of Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
A former residence hall named after Storms was demolished in 2005.
Raymond A. Pearson
Raymond A. Pearson (1873–1939) was the 7th president of ISU.
- M.S. Cornell University 1894
- Assistant chief of the Dairy Division of the United States Department of Agriculture 1895
- Professor of Dairy Science at Cornell University
- New York Commissioner of Agriculture from 1908 to 1912
- 7th ISU president from 1912 to 1926
- Completed divisional organization of undergraduate education
- Graduate program given divisional status in 1915
- Broadened extension service
- Assistant Secretary of Agriculture during World War I from 1917 to 1918
- Left for presidency at University of Maryland, College Park
- 20th president of University of Maryland, College Park
Pearson Hall, on the ISU campus, is named for Pearson. It houses the Theater, Foreign Language, and Computer Engineering departments. Pearson Avenue, near the ISU campus, is also named for Pearson.
Raymond M. Hughes
- Miami University
- M.S. Ohio State University 1897
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Honorary doctorate from Miami University 1927
- Honorary doctorate from Coe College 1928
- Honorary doctorate from Iowa State University 1936
- Professor of physics and chemistry at Miami University from 1898 to 1904
- Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Miami University from 1908 to 1911
- President of Miami University from 1911 to 1927
- 8th ISU president from 1927 to 1936
- Retired in 1936; continued research and teaching in Ames
Hughes married his 1st wife Ella Rogers in 1908 and after her death in 1933 he then married Helen Richardson Idsardi in 1938.
Hughes Avenue, near the ISU campus, and the former Hughes Hall were both named for Hughes.
Charles E. Friley
Charles Edwin Friley (1887–1958) was the 9th president of ISU. Born in Louisiana to Ellen Douglas Friley and William Christopher Friley, who was the first president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and the second president of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana
- Sam Houston Teachers College (1905)
- Baylor University (1905–1907)
- B.S. Texas A&M University (1912)
- M.S. Columbia University (1923)
- Registrar of Texas A&M University (1912–1924)
- Dean of School of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University (1924–1932)
- Dean of the Division of Science at ISU (1932–1935)
- Vice-president of ISU (1935–1936)
- 9th president of ISU from 1936 to 1953
- Term lasted from the end of the Great Depression through World War II
- Established the first educationally-owned/operated television station
- Honorary doctorate from ISU (1958)
- Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science
- National Council of Presbyterian Men
- Iowa State Fair Board
- Iowa Geological Society
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Phi Mu Alpha
He was married three times:
- 1913 to Nina Lynn Wood who died in 1918 but had two sons: Charles Edwin, Jr. & William Alva
- 1921 to Vera Foreman who died in 1947 but had one daughter: Frances Foreman (Kuyper)
- 1951 to Magdalen Ranney
James H. Hilton
James H. Hilton (1899–1982) was the 10th president of ISU.
- B.S. in animal husbandry ISU (1923)
- M.S. University of Wisconsin–Madison (1937)
- D.Sc. Purdue University (1945)
- County agent for Greene County (1923–1926)
- In charge of dairy production teaching & research at Purdue University (1939)
- Assistant chief of the dairy husbandry (1940–1945)
- Head of animal husbandry at North Carolina State (1945–1948)
- Dean of Agriculture at North Carolina State (1948–1953)
- 10th president of ISU from 1953 to 1965
- Enrollment soared from 7,800 to 12,400
- Value of the university increased from $38 to $471 million
- Research rose to $20 million
- Name change from Iowa State College to Iowa State University of Science & Technology in 1959
- Director of development (1965 – ?)
- Adelante Fraternity
He had two wives:
- Lois Baker who died in 1969 but had three children: Eleanor, Helen, & James G.
- Helen LeBaron (retired Dean of the College of Home Economics))
James H. Hilton Coliseum, on the ISU campus, is named for Hilton. It is the home of university athletic events including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics. It has also hosted concerts, conferences, and other cultural and social events.
W. Robert Parks
William Robert Parks (1915–2003) was the 11th and longest-serving president of ISU.
- B.A. political science Berea College, Kentucky (1937)
- M.A. political science University of Kentucky (1938)
- PhD political science University of Wisconsin–Madison (1945)
- Research & administration with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1940–1948)
- Lieutenant of the United States Navy during World War II
- Professor of government at ISU (1948–1956)
- Professor of agricultural economics at University of Wisconsin–Madison (1956–1958)
- Dean of Instruction at ISU (1958–1961)
- Vice President of Academic Affairs (1961–1965)
- 11th president of ISU from 1965 to 1986
- Head of National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
- Head of Association of American Universities
- Head of Council of Presidents
- Head of Mid-American State Universities Association
- Head of Association of Iowa College Presidents
- Member of the board of trustees of the Teachers Insurance and Annuities-College Retirement Equities Fund
- On board of directors of Norwestern Bell
- On board of directors of Central Life Assurance
- Honorary doctorate from Bear College (1966)
- Honorary doctorate from Westmar College (1968)
- Honorary doctorate from Drake University (1968)
- Named honorary alumnus of ISU (1969)
- Honorary doctorate from University of Kentucky (1973)
- Library named W. Robert and Ellen Sorge Parks Library (1984)
- Received the first Christian Petersen Design Award for his leadership in establishing the College of Design
- Member of FarmHouse Fraternity
He married Ellen Sorge (1914–1999) and had two daughters: Andrea (Van Howeling) and Cynthia (Hamilton). Ellen was the first woman to receive a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
W. Robert and Ellen Sorge Parks Library, the main library on the ISU campus, is named for Parks and his wife.
Gordon P. Eaton
Gordon Pryor Eaton (1929 – ) was the 12th president of ISU.
- B.A. in geology Wesleyan University (1951)
- Faculty at Wesleyan University (1955–1959)
- Faculty at University of California, Riverside (1959–1967)
- Chair of the Department of Geosciences at University of California, Riverside (1965–1967)
- U.S. Geological Survey (several positions)
- Dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University (1981–1983)
- Provost & vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University (1983–1986)
- 12th president of ISU from 1986 to 1990
- Director of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory at Columbia University
- Director of the U.S. Geological Survey under President Bill Clinton (1994–1997)
Eaton Hall, one of ISU's residence halls, is named for Eaton.
Martin C. Jischke
Martin C. Jischke was the 13th president of Iowa State, serving from June 1, 1991 to August 14, 2000.
The Martin C. Jischke Honors Building, on the ISU campus, is named for Jischke. It is the home of the University Honors Program.
Gregory L. Geoffroy
Gregory L. Geoffroy was the 14th president of Iowa State. He took office on July 1, 2001 and served as president until January 2012. He remains on the Iowa State faculty.
- Officer in the United States Navy (1969–1970)
- Assistant professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University (1974–1978)
- Associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University (1978–1982)
- Professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University (1982–1988)
- Head of the department of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University (1988–1989)
- Dean of the Eberly College of Science at Pennsylvania State University (1989–1997)
- Senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at University of Maryland, College Park (1997–2001)
- President of Iowa State University (2001 – 2011)
Geoffroy is married to Kathleen Carothers Geoffroy and has four children.
Dr.Steven Leath was named the president-elect of Iowa State University on September 27, 2011. He took office as the 15th president of the university on January 16, 2012. He was formerly vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina system.
- B.S. Pennsylvania State University (1979)
- M.S. University of Delaware (1981)
- Ph.D. in plant pathology University of Illinois (1984)
- Adonijah Strong Welch Papers, RS 2/1, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Congressional biography
- Seaman Asahel Knapp Papers, RS 2/2, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Storms Hall and Knapp Hall Demolition
- Leigh Smith John Hunt Papers, RS 2/3, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- For Whom it is Named
- William Isaac Chamberlain Papers, RS 2/4, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Donovan, Henry. "Chicago Eagle". Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
- William Miller Beardshear, Papers, Dates, RS 2/5, (University Archives) Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- ISU Foundation - Beardshear Hall
- Albert Boynton Storms Papers, 1902–1983, RS 2/6, University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.
- Raymond A. Pearson Papers, RS 02/07, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Building Information: Pearson Hall
- Raymond M. Hughes Papers, RS 02/08, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Charles E. Friley Papers, Dates, RS 2/9, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Department of Residence - Friley Hall
- James H. Hilton Papers, Dates, RS 2/10, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Hilton Coliseum information Archived February 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- W. Robert Parks Papers, RS 2/11, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- People of Distinction - W. Robert Parks
- Gordon P. Eaton Papers, RS 2/12, (University Archives) Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
- Department of Residence - Eaton Hall
- Martin C. Jischke Honors Building