'62 Ag Education and Studies
MS '68 Ag Education and Studies
PhD '71 Higher Ed
Three-time alumnus Dr. Larry Ebbers says his love affair with Iowa State University has lasted 58 years and counting. Now retired from his faculty post in the School of Education, Ebbers is owed an equal amount of appreciation and gratitude for the way he has represented the university, enriching the lives of countless students and transforming higher education on a national scale.
During his tenure at Iowa State, Ebbers created Leadership Institute for a New Century, a statewide program designed to enhance opportunities for women and minorities in community colleges, as well as the highly regarded Community College Leadership Initiative Consortium. He also played an instrumental role in the creation and development of Iowa State’s award-winning learning communities program, served as a mentor to numerous graduate students pursuing careers in higher education and student affairs and was active in several university committees dedicated to improving Iowa State University and the student experience.
Among the many leadership positions Ebbers has held at Iowa State are associate dean of the College of Education, director of the Research Institute for Studies in Education, chair of the department of professional studies, assistant dean of the College of Education and assistant director of the department of residence. His career has demonstrated a consistent dedication to students and to the field of higher education.
His many awards include the College of Human Sciences Diversity Enhancement Award, the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni and Faculty-Staff Inspiration Awards, the Iowa State University Outstanding Achievement Award for Professional Practice and Outreach, the Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Iowa State’s Presidential Service Award, the Ames NAACP’s “Making a Difference” Award, the Corly Brooke Learning Communities Advocate Award, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges’ Senior Scholar and Distinguished Service Awards, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Latino Network “Amigo” Award and the American Association of Community Colleges’ National Leadership Award. For his work in student affairs, Ebbers was named by NASPA as one of 30 “Living Legacies” in the profession. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.
In 2016, Ebbers received the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees’ Honorary Trustee Award, which was subsequently renamed the Larry H. Ebbers Award in his honor. The university also named a residence hall house in the new Geoffroy Hall in Ebbers’ honor.
Ebbers and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of Lori Ebbers Buzzetti, class of 1986, and Kimberly Ebbers Wass, class of 1990. Barb and Larry are Iowa State University Alumni Association life members, Order of the Knoll Campanile Society members and Cyclone Club members.
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