Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University, will be at the Davis County Fair Wednesday, July 17, to deliver a motivational speech to 4-H members, leaders, parents, and the general public at 4 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Courtney Hale of ISU-Davis County Extension said Wintersteen’s keynote speech will be tailored to youth who are exhibiting.

Dr. Wintersteen became the 16th president of Iowa State University on Nov. 20, 2017, and is the first woman to hold the university’s highest office. She has served Iowa State for nearly 40 years in several capacities.

Wintersteen worked in eastern and central Iowa as one of the first female ISU Extension associates in integrated pest management and completed her doctorate at ISU. She rose through the ranks to become a professor of entomology. She then served in a number of administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Before assuming the presidency of the university, Wintersteen served for 11 years as the endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Stations. During her tenure, CALS rapidly increased enrollment to become the third largest college of agriculture in the nation, research grants increased markedly, awards for teaching excellence grew, and the college achieved a 98% placement rate for its graduates, according to Wintersteen’s profile on the ISU website.