Temporary transition: Another new adventure begins

April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020 -- email message to staff, faculty, and councils

Hello everyone,

Perhaps you have seen by now the message from Vice President Lawrence. In true Iowa State University spirit, another new adventure begins today. I am honored to be in the position, however temporary, of assisting you with navigating COVID-19 and all of the other opportunities and challenges that will arise this summer. I wanted to share that Vice President Lawrence has been clear with me about three directives: 1) he will remain involved, particularly with Structured for Success; 2) he is dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition between us relative to his other responsibilities; and 3) he will be back!

I acknowledge that this temporary transition in leadership is unexpected and adds yet another layer of change to our lives when times are already so uncertain. I want to assure you that our direction is steadfast and will not be altered from the vision that Vice President Lawrence has articulated. My priorities for the system — for each one of you — have not changed. Those two priorities are: 1) To ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, participants, and communities and 2) To facilitate your individual success as you work to build a strong Iowa.

I look forward to working with you in the warm summer days ahead.


Debra M. Sellers
Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences
Director, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach