Englin retires next month; Speight named interim residence director

Pete Englin head shot


Associate vice president for campus life and director of residence Pete Englin will retire from Iowa State on May 1 after nearly 35 years of service in Iowa State's student affairs division. Director of residence life and conference services Virginia Speight ("Spate") will begin serving as interim associate vice president and residence director on May 2.

Also retiring is administrative assistant Chris Patton, who has worked with Englin since 1999, the last 18 years in the residence director's office.

Virginia Speight head shot


A national search has begun, with the goal of welcoming Englin's successor by the start of fall semester. Associate vice president for student health and wellness Erin Baldwin, who also leads the Thielen Student Health Center, is chairing the six-member committee. The Spelman Johnson executive search firm is assisting with the search.

The associate vice president for campus life leads three units -- department of residence, ISU Dining and the Memorial Union -- and two broad functions for the division of student affairs, capital and facilities planning, and strategic planning.