The Division of Operations and Finance is dedicated to supporting Iowa State University's land-grant mission by providing leadership and services to facilitate and enhance financial and strategic operations for thousands of students, faculty, and staff.

The division has six mission-critical units working collaboratively to provide safety and accountability, customer-focused services, stewardship of physical and financial resources, offer aesthetic experiences that enrich the university and its constituents, keep fiscal and regulatory compliance, and advance and build campus and community partnerships.  Our team is continuously working to develop strategies to achieve university priorities while upholding our values and team standards.

Who We Are and What We Do

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    Auxiliary Enterprise

    Auxiliary Enterprise oversees a diverse group of units offering goods and services to the university community that are essential to academic and administrative success as well as educational, cultural, and entertainment programs and experiences that engage broad audiences, enhance understanding and enjoyment of visual arts and nature, and foster community relations.

  • FPM

    Facilities Planning and Management

    Facilities Planning and Management is a service organization working to enrich, support and preserve the Iowa State University campus. We are composed of more than 450 full-time and a large number of student employees dedicated to trades, support and professional services to the University. The term "facilities" refers to all the buildings, grounds, walks, drives, parking lots, and utility systems belonging to ISU, which means our staff covers nearly every facet of campus.

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    Finance comprises teams of financial specialists who support colleges and units across the institution by providing services such as procurement of goods and services, expense reimbursement, financial management, reporting, and post-award support. The goal of Finance is to enhance Iowa State University's finance operations by building upon our culture of service, fostering increased collaboration, and ultimately advancing ISU’s mission.

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    Financial Planning and Analysis

    Iowa State University generates revenue and receives funding from various sources. The classification of the various revenue and funding sources for the university are illustrated in the University Funding Sources diagram. The university's financial planning is an ongoing, integrated process that encompasses a multi-year planning horizon and culminates in an annual operating budget for the university.

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    Real Estate and Capital Planning

    Real Estate and Capital Planning supports the Division of Operations and Finance in real estate activities including property acquisition, disposition, maintenance of property records, easements, and leases. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa must approve most leases, easements, and real estate transactions as required by state law.

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    Operations and Strategy

    The Operations and Strategy unit oversees divisional communications, facilitates administrative operations, drives process improvements throughout the division, and more.

Leadership and Administration