The Iowa Board of Regents has approved the following changes in Iowa State University President Steven Leath's leadership team, the university announced in a release today.
- Promotion of vice presidents Warren Madden in business and finance and Tom Hill in student affairs to senior vice presidents in those areas.
- A title change for Tahira Hira from executive assistant to the president to senior policy adviser to the president. As Miles Lackey has joined Leath's office as chief of staff, Hira will oversee a number of special initiatives. For example, she will develop strategies to increase Iowa State's national prominence, manage rising enrollment and recruit top faculty. She will also continue to lead and serve on a variety of university committees on behalf of the president.
- Dave Biedenbach, director of university budgets in the office of the executive vice president and provost, will move to the office of the president and serve as the assistant vice president for university financial planning and budgeting. The move returns coordination of budget planning to the president's office; that function had been transferred to the provost's office in 2006.
- Policy administrator Sheryl Rippke now reports to the office of university counsel, rather than the office of the president. "It's a natural alliance for the policy administrator to work out of the office that is very involved in drafting policies," Leath said. "I greatly appreciate the contributions Sheryl has made to the president's office and to this university - I know the counsel's office is excited to have her joining their team."