Just over a year after Iowa State University created a new vice president position upon its loss of longtime administrator Warren Madden, the person it chose for the job is resigning, according to a news release Thursday.
Kate Gregory, Iowa State’s first senior vice president for university services, announced her resignation effective Nov. 22 — two days after Iowa State’s president-select Wendy Wintersteen is scheduled to start her tenure.
Wintersteen, who has been with Iowa State in some capacity since 1979 and served as dean of its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station since 2006, was the only internal finalist of four.
Gregory, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, joined Iowa State in July 2016 in the new position created as part of a reorganization of ISU’s senior vice president for business and finance office after Madden’s retirement. Madden had been on the job for more than 50 years.
Gregory’s duties included oversight of business services, environmental health and safety, facilities planning and management, public safety, Reiman Gardens, University Museums, and the WOI Radio Group.
In an email, Gregory told The Gazette she appreciates the opportunity to be a part of Iowa State.
“However, as a result of recent changes in my family situation, I decided that now is a good time to focus on other priorities,” she wrote. “I have enjoyed serving at Iowa State and wish the entire team and new leadership the best of success.”
Iowa State plans to name an interim senior vice president later this month.
When former ISU President Steven Leath announced Gregory’s hire last year, he praised her expertise and experience.
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Before coming to Iowa State, she served on the board of directors for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and was chief of civil engineers and commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington, D.C. from 2012 to 2015.
She had previously served as commander at that entity’s Pacific facilities, as force civil engineer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, and in various other assignments throughout the United States, Italy, and Japan.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering form the U.S. Naval Academy and two master’s degrees in systems management from University of Southern California and construction management from George Washington University.
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