ISU Graduate Joins ISU-SSC as Administrative Specialist

Bobbie Jo Gustafson joins Seed Science CenterThere is a new face at the Iowa State University Seed Science Center (SSC).  Bobbie Jo Gustafson joined the staff as an Administrative Specialist II on August 26, 2019.  Gustafson, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design at ISU in 1997, says she is excited to be back on campus and at the SSC.

 “During the decades since I've studied at ISU, my organizational and communications skills have evolved as well,” Gustafson said.  “It's rewarding to me that the Seed Science Center values how I've invested in my career and has given me this opportunity to now be employed by Story County's best employer.” 

She started her new position on the same day ISU students came back to class for the Fall semester and said it was fun to walk campus witnessing the students and the impressive evolution of the campus since the 1990's, when she was a student. 

Gustafson is a native of Odgen, Iowa and currently lives with her husband in Story City, where the couple raised their two daughters.  Most recently, she had helped her husband with his business start-up, and was also a support professional at the Roland-Story School District for a few years while the business was being planned and built.

Bobbie Jo admits a design degree isn’t typical in an administrative support professionals resume.  She is certain the degree has enhanced her career.

“My design degree has always differentiated me as a support professional,” Gustafson said “I was educated to trust process, and because of that I'm an action-focused employee who is comfortable in the minutiae of small details.  I'm patient and persistent.”

Gustafson will provide administrative support to the faculty and staff of the Seed Science Center, the Seed Lab, and the National Seed Health System.