Message from the Dean


David Spalding

It’s a great time to be in business!


There are so many exciting things happening in businesses in Iowa and around the world. That’s why the faculty and leaders at the College of Business at Iowa State University continue to move forward.


As we enjoy our highest enrollment in 26 years, we continue to find ways to meet student expectations and provide them with the quality attention they need and deserve. We set high expectations for our students and establish engaging curricula and learning environments. We provide students with skills and experiences needed to succeed in a complex, technology-driven, global society.


The world of business is constantly evolving and we are committed to offering a high quality education in a way that prepares students for their real-world experiences. We pay attention to industry trends and the needs of our students.


We also prepare students for a flexible future so they are equipped to go out and make a difference in the world. We are committed to connecting students with the passion they have for a successful, meaningful career.


I invite you to explore our web site and learn more about the many exciting majors available in the College of Business. Please visit us often as we continue to grow and update our web site.


David Spalding
Raisbeck Endowed Dean 


About Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding

David P. Spalding is the fifth dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University. Before arriving in Ames in August 2013, he served for eight years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Most recently, Spalding served as senior vice president and senior advisor to Dartmouth’s president, responsible for implementing strategy, vision, and direction for the institution. Previously he had served as the president’s chief of staff.


Spalding was appointed as Dartmouth’s vice president for alumni relations in October 2005, his first position in higher education. In this role, he led the school’s efforts to increase engagement with its nearly 70,000 alumni. Also a Dartmouth alumnus, Spalding was very active in fund-raising as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee and as a member or co-chair of the reunion giving committees for his four most recent class reunions. He had also served as a member of Dartmouth’s President’s Leadership Council.


Before Dartmouth, he had a 29-year career in finance in New York City. He was most recently vice chairman of The Cypress Group LLC, a firm that he co-founded and co-managed. The Cypress Group is a private equity firm which managed funds totaling $3 billion. Prior to co-founding Cypress, he served as a senior vice president and then a managing director of Lehman Brothers. He began his career in New York with The Chase Manhattan Bank NA. He also was a vice president with The First National Bank of Chicago and a senior vice president with GE Capital Corporate Finance Group Inc.


Spalding has served on a number of corporate boards including Lear Corporation, AMTROL Inc., Williams-Scotsman Inc., and Parisian, Inc. He has also served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. He was chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York board of directors and a member of the boards of Kimball Union Academy and Northern Stage.


He received an AB in history cum laude in 1976 from Dartmouth and a master’s of business administration in finance from New York University in 1984.