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Iowa State's Steven Leath named as new Auburn University president

Iowa State's Steven Leath named as new Auburn University president

They named Dr. Steven Leath from Iowa State University.

Before the announcement, a former board of trustees member told the Opelika-Auburn News that Leath's experience at Iowa State would serve him well as Auburn's president. The search for the new leader at Auburn is now underway, according to Auburn's website.

Before becoming Iowa State president in 2012, Leath received a bachelor's degree in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in plant science from the University of DE and a Ph.D in plant pathology from the University of IL, according his official biography from Iowa State.

Iowa State University's website indicates Leath became president of the university in January of 2012. Prior to that he served as vice president for research at the University of North Carolina. He 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 would like to thank President Leath for his service to Iowa State University, the Board of Regents and the state of Iowa". He received degrees in plant science and plant pathology from Penn State University, the University of DE and the University of IL. But he also faced controversies over racism and sexual assaults on campus, the end of the long-time, violence-marred VEISHEA festival, his use of university planes and the land deal for his retirement home, which was aided by his boss on the Board of Regents.


Others agreed with the support for Leath.

In the report, Larry Teeter, professor of forest economics and immediate past chair of the university senate, said, "We found an accomplished leader through an inclusive search process with all campus constituencies represented". When first called about this opportunity, I responded truthfully, as I always had done since my arrival in Iowa, by saying, "I love Iowa State, and the Iowa State students, faculty, staff and Cyclone family are wonderful; I am not looking to leave".

"The Board will hold a special meeting soon to discuss the presidential transition at Iowa State".

"The contribution Jay and Susie Gogue made to Auburn is immeasurable", said McCrary.