CALS Student Appointed to Iowa Board of Regents

By Barb McBreen, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service

AMES, Iowa – Zack Leist, a Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student, was appointed to the Iowa Board of Regents State by Governor Kim Reynolds this week.

Leist, who grew up on a farm near Clarion, Iowa, is a junior with a triple major in agricultural business, economics and international agriculture, and a minor in agronomy. 

"I hope to serve all the public universities to the best of my ability and I have faith that Iowa State has provided the opportunities and education to be successful in this role," said Leist. 

Leist is the chair for the travel committee for the student Agricultural Business Club. He’s head of finance for Alpha Gamma Rho and served as a CALS Ambassador this year. This summer he is working as a crop protection sales intern covering the state of Iowa in Syngenta's West Heartland Territory.

Leist said his experiences at Iowa State prepared him for this position.

“Iowa State has taught me through classes and activities that if you work hard and are passionate about what you do, you will be successful in anything you want to be,” Leist said.

Leist is the 11th student to serve on the board since students were first appointed in 1985. Liest is the fifth student from Iowa State University to serve and the second student from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Leist replaces Rachael Johnson, who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May 2018.

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June 7, 2019