Iowa State University Alumni Association

Warren Madden 2016

Industrial Engineering ’61
Ames, Iowa

Warren Madden recently retired from his position as Iowa State University’s senior vice president for business and finance after serving the university administration for more than 50 years.

After earning his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1965, Madden came back to ISU in 1966 as the university’s first contracts and grants officer. He became a vice president in 1984 and senior vice president in 2012.

During his career at ISU, Madden had responsibility for such areas as facilities planning and management, accounting and finance, human resource management, public safety, purchasing, and University Museums. Among Madden’s hallmark accomplishments are the renovation of numerous campus buildings, including Catt Hall, Morrill Hall, and the Memorial Union; the construction of the Iowa State Center, Reiman Gardens, and Jack Trice Stadium; and recoveries from multiple campus floods and VEISHEA disturbances.  

Madden has been involved throughout his career in numerous campus and community organizations, including the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors and ISU Foundation Board of Governors. He served as president of Green Hills Retirement Health Center in 1990, of the Ames Chamber of Commerce in 1993, and of the Ames Economic Development Commission in 1999. He received the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ highest award in 1993, the United Way of Story County President’s Leadership Award in 2007, the Great Plains IDEA Award in 2009, and in 2013 he was presented both the ISU Order of the Knoll Faculty/Staff Award and the “Ames Citizen of the Year” award.

Madden and his wife, Bev (’60 home ec ed) are longtime community volunteers who plan to remain involved. They are ISU Alumni Association life members and sustaining life donors, Order of the Knoll W.M. Beardshear Society members, and Cyclone Club members.

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