Assistant Vice President Bob Dodds

Bob Dodds

Bob Dodds
Assistant Vice President
Extension and Outreach
2150 Beardshear
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-0013



Bob Dodds is assistant vice president for the County Services unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and has held this position since 2016.

Professional Experience

As the Assistant Vice President, he led the writing of the County Services strategic plan and oversaw revisions to the county insurance program. Through the Human Sciences Engaged Scholarship program, he helped develop a conduit for faculty members without formal extension appointments to submit funding requests to conduct research projects in Iowa counties.

Bob served as interim assistant vice president through 2015 and early 2016.

Previously he served as the Region 20 director. He was instrumental in developing the Rising Stars Internship program along with Cheryl Heronemus, director of Region 1. Before accepting the regional director position, he served as the Lee County director. Bob started his professional career in the classroom as a Vocational Agriculture Instructor.  

Bob has been recognized during his career for his leadership and programming. He has held a number of leadership positions in professional organizations. Most recently, he was recognized by Iowa State University, receiving the R.K. Bliss award. The Iowa Rural and Community Forestry Council of Iowa recognized Bob in 2013 with the Iowa Outstanding Professional Award for his dedication to environmental programming. At the request of President Wintersteen, Bob currently represents Iowa State University on the Iowa State Fair Board.


Bob earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture education from Iowa State University.