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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

ISU president Leath leaving to become president of Auburn

ISU president Leath leaving to become president of Auburn

Steven Leath, current president of Iowa State University, has been named Auburn's next president.

Leath's move to Auburn will end his 5½ year tenure at Iowa State, which saw the school's enrollment surge past 36,000 students.

Leath served as Iowa State's president since 2012.

Leath was at the center of a six-week investigation - and was ultimately not charged - earlier this year, after a December audit of Iowa State's board of regents found Leath used university planes for medical appointments in Minnesota, personal flight lessons and trips to his North Carolina home, the Associated Press reported.

Leath began his career as a plant pathologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana. "He cares about students, and he cares about faculty". An Iowa State University spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon she doesn't know more than what was written in the report.

"Steven Leath, I think, has done a great job at Iowa State University", Branstad said.

"Janet and I have made lifelong friends here in Iowa and have had many great experiences", Leath said in the statement.

"I would like to thank President Leath for his service to Iowa State University, the Board of Regents and the state of Iowa", said Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter. I am proud of the many accomplishments that we achieved in economic development and community engagement. "We're fortunate they will remain part of the Auburn community".

The regents said board staff and university administrators, moving forward, will work to create clearer policies and will review if ISU's Flight Services are in the best interest of the university through a comprehensive review now in progress.

"This is a great day for Auburn", said trustee Raymond Harbert, who chaired the 14-member presidential search committee.

Dubbed the Cultivation Corridor, Leath and other Iowa businesses have worked to create growth in agbioscience, biorenewables, biotech and advanced manufacturing industries throughout the I-35 interstate.

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