Search is on for Iowa State's next president

The search for Iowa State's 16th president turns public today, with the online posting of an advertisement seeking applicants and nominees to lead the state's largest university.

The advertisement placed on higher education job sites outlines what attributes the state Board of Regents will be looking for as it hires Iowa State's next president, as well as the expectations it will have for the university's leader.

Consultants from AGB Search drafted the advertisement, which was approved by the 21-member search committee that will recommend finalists to the regents. The consultants held public listening sessions last month to help shape the advertisement and a presidential job description.

The deadline for applications and nominations is Aug. 24. Both can be submitted by email to or

Publicly named finalists will visit campus for interviews in early October, with the board's selection planned later that month.

The search timeline calls for the new president to take office in early 2018, succeeding Steven Leath, who left Iowa State in May to be president of Auburn University, Alabama. Former Iowa State provost and College of Business dean Ben Allen is serving as interim president.