Thomsen Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

January 30th, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Jacob Thomsen, of Kalona, has been named the 2015 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Thomsen is an agronomic consultant with Sinclair Tractor. He received a bachelor’s of science in agronomy from Iowa State in 2006.

Thomsen was selected for taking on significant leadership roles in the college’s young alumni program – The Curtiss League – an initiative providing recruitment and advocacy opportunities and recognition for alumni age 40 and younger.

“Jake’s support and mentorship has helped enrich the experiences of many our students. His assistance in telling the story of agriculture has increased awareness of college programs and helped attract new students,” said Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Thomsen is the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Iowa Leader Award. Honorees must be age 40 or younger at the time of nomination, live or work in Iowa, and demonstrate high potential for future professional growth. Selection is based on efforts to advance agriculture and life sciences in Iowa through communications, education, relationship-building, engagement and outstanding alumni service to the college.

The award was presented at center court of Hilton Coliseum during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sponsored Cyclone Women’s Basketball game January 28. 


Melea Reicks Licht, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 515-294-8892,