Hoffman to leave provost post this year

Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman announced this week that she will resign her position by the end of the calendar year. In an email to faculty and staff, she wrote that because she has been exploring other opportunities, she advised president Steven Leath to begin a search for her successor.

Hoffman said she would remain in her current position until Dec. 31, unless she accepts another position or a successor is able to start prior to that date.

Hoffman has served as executive vice president and provost since January 2007. She also was at Iowa State from 1993 to 1997, serving as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In her note, she thanked the university community for five years of significant accomplishments in spite of lean budgets.

"The past three years have been particularly difficult as we have weathered the worst financial challenge since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but we have all worked together to build a stronger university in the face of this challenge," she wrote. "I can't tell you how much I have appreciated how hard everyone has worked to maintain the outstanding Iowa State experience for students, faculty and staff."

A search timeline hasn't been decided yet.