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ISU leader to study SL diversity experience, economic development

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

The president of Iowa State University will visit Storm Lake this fall for a community visit.

This will mark Gregory Geoffroy's first trip to Storm Lake since he became ISU's president in 2001, and the first visit to the community for an ISU president in about 10 years, according to Rhonda Christensen, ISU Extension education director.

Geoffroy will be in Storm Lake on Monday, Oct. 13, and plans on visiting the Storm Lake High School and the Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club, which will be open to the public.

Christensen said Geoffroy's office is still coordinating visits with other local entities, such as St. Mary's Schools and Buena Vista University, as well as local industry.

As well, there will be an alumni event that evening in Storm Lake. Details on that are still being finalized.

Another component of Geoffroy's visit will be to learn more about Storm Lake's ethnic diversity, Christensen said, and economic development efforts led by ISU Extension in the community.

Geoffroy makes several community visits every fall and spring.

"This is part of his way of getting out and meeting people," Christensen said. "It's a way for him to learn more about the state and its opportunities and strengths."

One of Geoffroy's priorities as ISU president is to make the university "fully engaged" with Iowa's people through distance education, economic development and community development initiatives.

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