Brief Bio





Warren R. Madden was appointed Vice President for Business and Finance of Iowa State University in 1984 and in 2012 became the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance. During more than 49 years he has served Iowa State as senior vice president, vice president, treasurer, associate vice president, assistant vice president, and contracts and grants officer.

In this capacity, he has been responsible for a wide range of programs involving business and fiscal affairs of the university and has been heavily involved in the administration and presentation of fiscal and business issues to the university community, state and national government, community groups and individuals. More recently he has been active in the university's economic development and technology transfer efforts. These have included the establishment of the university's research park, retirement community and several private corporations activity developing university technology.

As Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, he is responsible for the university's accounting, investments, payroll, facilities planning and management, purchasing, public safety, environmental health and safety, risk management, and university museum operations as well as the Iowa State Center and Reiman Gardens. He serves on the boards of a number of affiliated university organizations. During this period the university's enrollment has doubled, and the budget has increased to over 1.2 billion dollars, the campus has grown to more than 14 million square feet of space and 11,500 acres of land under university oversight.

He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1966 he was with Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) Company in a number of engineering and management positions.

Mr. Madden is active professionally in state and federal business organizations, including programs on institutional cost analysis, labor relations, and university insurance for the National Association of College and University Business Officers. He has served as Chair of the Council of Business Affairs of the National Association of State University and Land Grant Colleges. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of NACUBO, a Board member of the Council on Governmental Relations, and Past President of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, serving on numerous committees. He was a founding member of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association, serving as one of its first Presidents. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Council of Higher Education Management Association.

Over the years he has been involved in developing a number of publications and workshops serving higher education business officers. These include one of NACUBO's first publications and professional development workshops on Risk Management and Insurance, Occupational Health and Safety and a series of presentations by the Office of Education on costing.

He has been an advisor to various state and federal government agencies and committees in the area of cost containment and financial management. He has also been active in a number of community and service organizations, including the Ames United Way, City of Ames Utility Board, Ames Economic Development Commission, Ames Transit Board and is also Past-President of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

In July 1993 he was the recipient of NACUBO's highest honor, the Distinguished Business Officer's Award. In April 2009 he received Iowa State University's Order of the Knoll Faculty/Staff Award, recognition given to an individual with a philanthropic spirit and who has brought distinction to the university through professional and personal achievements. In October 2012 he was awarded the Alumni Medal which is the premier award for the long loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities.