A summer full of news

Student Innovation Center

A view of the second floor roof during a July tour of the Student Innovation Center. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Classes may be smaller but campus is far from quiet over the summer months. Here's a look at some of the news made since May graduation weekend.



  • Sam Easterling, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, effective July 15
  • Luis Rico-Gutierrez, College of Design dean, reappointed through 2024

Vice president-level

  • Duane Reeves, assistant vice president for specialty business services and cultural arts, division of operations and finance, effective June 3


  • Donald Hackmann, School of Education director, effective July 1
  • Christopher Hanes, student counseling  services director, effective July 1
  • Jared Hohanshelt, logistics and support services director, effective July 15
  • Brendan O'Brien, office of international students and scholars director, effective Aug. 1
  • Rick Sanders, ISU Research Park president, effective June 1
  • Eliot Winer, Virtual Reality Applications Center director, effective July 1
  • Karen Zunkel, institutional research executive director, effective July 2

Department chair

  • Li-Shan Chou, kinesiology department chair, effective July 1
  • Scott Grawe, supply chain management department chair, effective July 1
  • Dan Nettleton, statistics department chair, effective Aug. 16
  • Kevin Scheibe, information systems and business analytics department chair, effective July 1
  • Deidra Schleicher, management department chair, effective July 1

Program leader

  • Carolann Jensen, state relations officer, effective Aug. 25
  • Deborah Nistler, 4-H youth development state program leader, effective Aug. 15
  • Diana Sloan, program director for Hispanic/Latino affairs, office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion, effective May 20

Interim leadership

  • Tammy Hansen, accounts receivable interim director, effective June 3
  • Angie Hunt, news service interim director, effective Aug. 8
  • Jacy Johnson, office of strategic relations and communications interim executive director, effective July 3
  • Dana Rewoldt, interim director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer and president of ISU Research Foundation, effective Aug. 5
  • Hilary Seo, University Library interim dean, effective July 1
  • Jennifer Suchan, interim university registrar, effective June 17


Construction projects

  • Moving forward: The Student Innovation Center is about 75% complete and on target to open by the spring semester.
  • Still standing: Part of Helser Hall was demolished in 2001, but what remains received $6.5 million in upgrades that replaced windows and refurbished rooms.
  • Nearly complete: The Brunnier Art Museum is wrapping up a 20-month renovation and will reopen in September.
  • Staying active: The Maple Willow Larch fields officially open this fall while renovations at the Southeast Recreation Complex continue into 2020. Intramural and club sports will have more options when the projects are complete.
  • Let there be light: Parks Library summer renovations focused on opening up space in the lobby to add seating and student space on the first floor.

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