Retirement reception: Dianne Bystrom

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Date/Time:Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:Alumni Center
Channel:College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Categories:Meetings, receptions
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Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is retiring after serving 22 years at Iowa State. A short program will begin at 4 p.m. RSVPs are appreciated.


Dianne Bystrom
Dianne Bystrom will retire from the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University on Aug. 10 after serving as director for 22 years. She also has directed the university's interdisciplinary Leadership Studies Program for the past 10 years.

The Catt Center was established by the Iowa Board of Regents in September 1992, and Bystrom has been instrumental since its early years in developing and building the nation's second oldest university-based center for women and politics.

"I've loved my time at Iowa State, which has spanned more than one-half of my professional career," Bystrom said. "The opportunity to help build a now nationally recognized center that educates and engages citizens - especially women - in the political process has been absolutely rewarding."

Since arriving in Iowa in July 1996, Bystrom has positively influenced students - both female and male - in and outside of the classroom as well as colleagues across campus, statewide and nationally. She has been a pioneer in working for women's leadership programs at Iowa State; advocates for the advancement of women in politics across the state and nation; and has implemented important outreach and research programs at the Catt Center. During her tenure at Iowa State, Bystrom has raised more than $4 million in private endowment and annual funds for research, outreach and leadership programs, including student scholarships and internships.