University of Iowa president Barbara J Wilson

Welcome to the University of Iowa!

I am excited and proud to lead the University of Iowa into a new era of excellence as its 22nd president. And I am delighted to welcome you to our great institution, whether you are a prospective student wondering what we’re all about, a visitor, a patient, a current university community member, an alum, or anyone else. We thank you for your interest!

The University of Iowa is an institution that leads with imagination and innovation, educates with student success at its heart, serves the public with dedication and enthusiasm, and believes deeply in the centrality of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Like many of our peers, we are a large, comprehensive Big 10 university, but what attracted me to our campus is that we’re small enough to enjoy a warm, neighborhood feel.

What you find here, in Iowa City, is a community that fosters a culture of mutual care and institutional pride, that demonstrates balanced excellence across the disciplines, and that is dedicated to making life better for everyone who is touched by this institution.

Leveraging our collaborative spirit, we strive to be a national leader on our institutional priorities of boosting student success, including raising our student retention and graduation rates; enhancing faculty excellence, including recruiting signature hires in areas of special prominence; supporting the mental health and well-being of our entire university community; providing innovative medical care for patients from Iowa and across the world; and ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion across our campus.

The University of Iowa has a remarkable story to tell, and I am eager to share it far and wide with alumni and friends across the country, the citizens of Iowa, our state’s leaders, and anyone who has an interest in this extraordinary institution. Go Hawks!


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Barbara J. Wilson