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President of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois
1974, 1985 Iowa State University School of Education graduate
Current Illinois State University President Larry H. Dietz exemplifies the adventures an Iowa State University School of Education graduate can have. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, elected officials, and the University community, Dietz oversees a university with an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students and 3,600 faculty and staff members.
After graduating with a master’s degree in higher education and student personnel and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Iowa State, Dietz worked closely with Iowa State University with multiple leadership positions for 13 years. From there, Dietz went on to be a tenured faculty member with two institutions and served in student affairs for Iowa State and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Dietz recognizes Iowa State for preparing him for a leadership role and working towards career goals. Specifically, time in class and in the College of Education and first hand, full-time work in the Division of Student Affairs taught him the skills to excel in his career. His time at Iowa State gave him the ability to “…bring a solid knowledge of higher education, and the research and trends in the field” to all of his accomplishments.
His work and passion for higher education has been celebrated with multiple awards recognizing his dedication to work both in and out of the classroom. Peers acknowledge his love for higher education, describing him as a values-based, family-oriented, and passionate worker. Further, he is known for his dedication, respect, and ability to make work fun.
“Playing a small part in helping others with their educational and personal goals and watching them succeed has been professionally and personally very rewarding. This is true whether it has been with students, staff, faculty, or colleagues. Being involved in higher education over the years has been like being a part of a family.”
– Larry H. Dietz