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ISU President stepping down

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AMES (KWWL) -- Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy announced Friday that he will step down no later than July 31, 2012.  He will remain on until a successor is named.

Geoffroy, 64, told the Iowa Board of Regents of his plans earlier this week.

He says a desire to spend more time with his family and the accomplishment of key goals are the primary reasons for his decision.

"It's been such a pleasure to be associated with so many talented and dedicated individuals within and outside the university. The Iowa State family is, and will always be, a special part of my life," Geoffroy wrote in a memo distributed to faculty and staff this morning. "But my life also includes four children and four grandchildren spread across the country. Kathy and I want to spend much more time with them, and that's not possible in my current role."

Board of Regents President David Miles says the search for a successor will be discussed at the April 28 meeting at Iowa State.

"Both professionally and personally, it's been a real pleasure to work with Dr. Geoffroy," Miles said in a written statement. "He is one of the truly outstanding university presidents in the nation. He will leave an impressive legacy at Iowa State."

Geoffroy became the 14th president of Iowa State University on July 1, 2001, and was officially installed to the post in October of that year.

He came to Ames from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. He also served as interim president at Maryland in 1998.

Iowa State has set records in fund raising, enrollment and external funding with Geoffroy at the helm. Campaign Iowa State, the university's largest fund raising effort to date, exceeded its $800 million goal. The university hit a record $388.2 million in grants, contracts, gifts and cooperative agreements during FY10, an increase of $83 million and 27 percent over the previous year's record. Student enrollment soared to a record 28,682 students in fall 2010, which also ushered in the most diverse student body in Iowa State history. Geoffroy's goal of doubling the number of endowed faculty positions at Iowa State, from 75 to 150, also was met in 2010.

In 2007, Iowa State established the Bioeconomy Institute to support and advance work in biorenewable technologies.

The past decade has also seen many improvements to campus infrastructure, including more than 20 major building projects, from new academic buildings and residence halls, to renovation and expansion of other facilities.

"This is a good time to initiate this change," Geoffroy said of his decision. "I'm confident that Iowa State will continue to prosper with outstanding faculty and staff, a strong leadership team, passionate alumni and donors, and bright, energetic students."

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