ISU dean a presidential finalist

The fourth finalist for the Iowa State University president's job is a familiar name on campus.  In a news release, the Iowa Board of Regents say ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Wendy Wintersteen will be on campus Thursday to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.  Dean of the Ag School since 2006, Wintersteen's been part of the ISU faculty for more than 30 years. 

Pamela Whitten says Iowa State needs to improve in multiple areas if it wants to become a top-tier institution.  Whitten, who currently serves at the University of Georgia's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, was on campus Tuesday as she's a finalist to be ISU's next president.  During her public forum, she talked about ISU becoming better involved with the Association of American Universities along with improving graduation rates and student-to-faculty ratios.  Whitten also said Iowa State's endowment needs to grow and so do the opportunities to make it easier to get more than a bachelor's degree. 

A third finalist, University of Central Florida Provost and Executive vice president Dale Whittaker, will visit the campus Wednesday. The public forums are being streamed at ISU presidential search website.  The Board of Regents will meet October 23rd to hear from the search committee, interview the finalists and select a new president.