Iowa State names interim roles as top administrators leave

Pam Elliott Cain to assume new roles this month, next

(File photo) Beardshear Hall on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Friday, July 31, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
(File photo) Beardshear Hall on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Friday, July 31, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

With two top administrators on their way out the door, Iowa State University on Monday announced an associate vice president for finance will step in as both interim senior vice president for university services and interim chief financial officer.

Pam Elliott Cain will assume her interim duties as senior vice president when Kate Gregory leaves that role Wednesday. Cain will step into the interim chief financial officer post when Miles Lackey leaves Dec. 15 to follow former ISU President Steven Leath to Auburn University.

Lackey, who will start once again as Leath’s chief of staff on Jan. 2, will continue serving as ISU chief of staff through Dec. 31. Cain’s appointments are pending Board of Regents approval.

Cain joined Iowa State on July 16, 2007, as associate vice president for business and finance. She also serves as university secretary. Before coming to Iowa State, she worked as chief business officer for the Board of Regents from 1998 to 2007 and held several positions with the state auditor’s office.

Her salary before the interim appointments was $194,236. Her new salary was not immediately made available.

She could be a candidate for the positions on a permanent basis, although ISU officials said that doesn’t necessarily mean she will be.

The university has not released any time frame or schedule to permanently fill the posts.

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