Steven Leath named new AU President

ISU president could leave; speculation of departure swirls

Auburn University names a new president, Dr. Steven Leath.

Leath has been with Iowa State University since 2012.

In a letter to the community, Leath conveyed his love for Iowa State along with his resignation as ISU's president.

Leath reimbursed ISU for the cost of 52 training flights, as well as for costs associated with several out-of-state trips. "He cares about students, and he cares about faculty".

Leath worked as an extension plant pathologist in IL for a year before moving to North Carolina State University as a plant pathologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in 1998.

Trustees voted this morning to approve the selection and announced Leath following a special called meeting on campus.

President Leath holds a B.S.in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, M.S.in plant science from the University of DE, and Ph.D.in plant pathology from the University of IL. "I am proud of the many accomplishments that we achieved in economic development and community engagement".

I leave with a promise fulfilled, and that was to leave the university better than I inherited it.

He wrote that after much consideration, he and first lady Janet Leath viewed the opportunity at Auburn as "one we could not pass up" and realized "our destiny is in Alabama and leading one of the nation's great land-grant universities to even greater prominence". In fact, it was not long ago we bought a farm here and expected to retire here.

"I understand that is very sad and disappointing for most of us to see a 92-year-old tradition come to an end", Leath said during the press conference. We will always consider ourselves Cyclones and have great affection for this university and its lovely campus; it is a very special place.

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.

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

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