Operations/finance leadership team is set


Senior vice president for operations and finance Shawn Norman recently announced to the division's employees that several leadership searches were completed.

Wendy Kisch head shot


Wendy Kisch, who had served as interim associate vice president for facilities planning and management (FPM) since July 1, was named to the post on a permanent basis.

Kisch has been with Iowa State since 2011, serving the division of operations and finance in multiple roles, including assistant director of facilities services. From 2021 to this summer, she served as director of operations for the Student Innovation Center.

Kisch completed a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in statistics, both from Iowa State.

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Brandi Latterell is the division's inaugural assistant vice president for real estate and capital planning.

Latterell has been with Iowa State since 1997 and held multiple roles within FPM. Most recently she served as director for planning services, where she was responsible for developing the university's five-year capital plan and executing its real estate acquisition strategy.

Latterell earned a bachelor's degree in interior design from Iowa State.

Kisch and Latterell's appointments began Oct. 30.

Division review

In August, following a monthslong assessment of the division by a consultant team, Norman tweaked the leadership structure and changed the reporting line for some units to strengthen how units work together to serve the university community. In this summer's cost-neutral realignment, he worked with university human resources to create two new assistant vice president positions, overseeing real estate and capital planning, and operations and strategy, respectively.

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Kristi Dillon began serving in that second assistant VP post on Sept. 29.

Dillon has worked at Iowa State for more than 12 years, serving in the accounts receivable office and the business operations side of recreation services. Before she was named to the operations and strategy post, she served as senior manager of budget and finance for information technology services.

Dillon earned a bachelor's degree in public health education and promotion from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA with an emphasis in management and organizations from the University of Iowa.