Assistant Vice President Lyn Cochran

Cathann Kress

Lyn Cochran
Assistant Vice President
Extension and Outreach
1110E Ext 4-H Bldg
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-1517



Lyn Cochran is the assistant vice president for Organizational Development for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Organizational Development includes Organizational Advancement, Professional Development, and Human Resources, and Lyn leads the effort to improve ISU Extension and Outreach’s performance, visibility, support, and communications, as well as cross-departmental collaborations.

Professional Experience

Previously, Lyn was vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City. She has held administrative positions at Southwest Minnesota State University, University of Wisconsin-Richland, Central Lakes College in Minnesota, and Metropolitan Community College in Nebraska. She also has experience in business development analysis, public library direction, community college instruction and advising, and museum work.


Lyn received her bachelor’s degree in history from Coe College, her master’s degree in modern European history from University of Notre Dame, and her doctorate in education from Iowa State University.