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Benjamin Withers named as new ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean

By: - November 17, 2023 3:28 pm

Iowa State University has named Benjamin Withers as its new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Iowa State University has named Benjamin Withers as the new dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Withers, currently serving as the Colorado State University Dean of Liberal Arts, will start in his new position in April 2024. He is taking over from Beate Schmittmann, who has held the position for 12 years and will after the current academic year.


“I am humbled and excited for this opportunity to lead the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” Withers said. “The great breadth of the college, spanning the physical and social sciences and humanities, enables our faculty and staff to positively impact every student on campus, and I look forward to helping the college advance toward its goals.”

Benjamin Withers (Photo via Iowa State University)

Schmittmann’s retirement was announced in March. Four candidates visited campus this fall after a search for her successor, meeting with students, faculty and staff and participating in forums.

Withers has worked at Colorado State University since 2016, and previously held positions at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Kentucky. He will be overseeing almost 6,800 students in 21 academic departments.

“Benjamin Withers brings a wealth of experience to Iowa State University, including service as a department chair, dean, and associate provost,” said President Wendy Wintersteen. “Dr. Withers also understands the deep value of public and land-grant institutions, and we are pleased he will build upon the legacy of Dean Schmittmann.”


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Brooklyn Draisey
Brooklyn Draisey

Brooklyn Draisey is a Report for America corps member covering higher education. She previously worked for the Quad-City Times and The Gazette covering topics ranging from business to culture.