Dr. Wendy Wintersteen is Iowa State University’s 16th president. She is the first woman president in the university’s history. From 2006-2017, Dr. Wintersteen served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University. She was the first to hold an endowed deanship at Iowa State. Dr. Wintersteen earned a bachelor’s of science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University. Dr. Wintersteen’s career at Iowa State spans nearly 40 years, beginning as an extension associate in integrated pest management.
Dr. Wintersteen represents Iowa State University on many state, national and international boards. She serves on the Board of Directors of the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 public research universities aimed at making college degrees more attainable for students with financial needs and closing the achievement gap; the Cultivation Corridor, a regional economic initiative to establish Iowa as the global center for excellence in agbiosciences, advanced manufacturing, and technology sectors; and the Farm Foundation. In 2013, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund. .
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