The transition is pending the approval of the Iowa Board of Regents after the selection was made by President Steven Leath.
The appointment came after a national search, with Leath saying that Iowa State’s reputation is in large part due to having first-rate student affairs initiatives. In a letter to the university community, Leath said that Harmon had outstanding credentials, a passion for the university, and a deep commitment to the students to help them reach their full potentials. He said these were exceptional qualifications for the role.
Harmon has a long career in student affairs and related roles, having arrived at Iowa State in 2013 after stints at Cincinnati State Community College, Rhodes State College, Washtenaw Community College, and University of Toledo. He is successor to Tom Hill as senior vice president of student affairs.
Hill is retiring, having held his leadership role in the division for nearly 20 years. Hill will retain a position as a policy advisor on student experience issues and hold a spot as Iowa State’s representative to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.
Located in Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University was founded in 1858 and has 36,001 students.