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Wintersteen to Receive 2020 National Ruby Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi


AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen has been selected to receive the 2020 National Ruby Award from Epsilon SIowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen.igma Phi, the national honor society for extension professionals.

The National Ruby Award is the most prestigious recognition presented by ESP and recognizes truly outstanding thinking, performance and leadership in extension. Wintersteen was nominated by Iowa State’s ESP Alpha Mu Chapter. She will receive the award in October at the 2020 National ESP Conference, where she also will deliver the Ruby Lecture.

“I am truly honored to have been nominated by my friends and colleagues in ISU Extension and Outreach and to be recognized at the national level by my extension peers,” Wintersteen said.

“We are pleased that President Wintersteen will be recognized with this national award. As an extension professional, she has made highly significant contributions at the state, regional, national and international level over her entire career,” said Barbara Dunn Swanson, chair of the ESP Alpha Mu Chapter.

Wintersteen has served Iowa State for more than 40 years in several capacities. She began her extension career as an integrated pest management specialist in eastern Iowa. She earned her Ph.D. while working as an extension associate, and as a faculty member led the Pesticide Safety Education Program. She served as director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In addition, she served as endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station for 11 years before being chosen as Iowa State University president in 2017.

“Through ever-increasing accomplishments and responsibilities, President Wintersteen has maintained her extension soul. She understands extension’s vital role in the land-grant mission and cares deeply for the people delivering on that promise,” Dunn Swanson said.


The mission of Epsilon Sigma Phi is to foster the standards of excellence in the Extension System and to develop the Extension Profession and Professional.


The purpose of this fraternity is to maintain the traditions, uphold the ideals, stimulate the morale of the Extension Service, and to promote a fraternal spirit among its members.


Epsilon Sigma Phi leads the Extension System in providing and facilitating professional development that focuses on the Extension organization and the Extension professional.


I Believe in people and their hopes, their aspirations, and their faith; in their right to make their own plans and arrive at their own decisions; in their ability and power to enlarge their lives and plan for the happiness of those they love.

I Believe that education, of which Extension is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiative, self-determination, and leadership; that these are the keys to democracy and that people when given facts they understand, will act not only in their self-interest, but also in the interest of society.

I Believe that education is a lifelong process and the greatest university is the home; that my success as a teacher is proportional to those qualities of mind and spirit that give me welcome entrance to the homes of the families I serve.

I Believe in intellectual freedom to search for and present the truth without bias and with courteous tolerance toward the views of others.

I Believe that Extension is a link between the people and the ever-changing discoveries in the laboratories.

I Believe in the public institutions of which I am a part.

I Believe in my own work and in the opportunity I have to make my life useful to humanity.

Because I Believe these things, I am an Extension professional.


The Alpha Mu Chapter was established in 1928.  Read more about ESP History.pdf