Auburn University to Name New President
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 0:39
The Iowa State president could soon be leaving for the same position at another university.
Leath will serve as Auburn University's 19th 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.
According to the Associated Press, Leath had recently been under fire for his use of a university aircraft at Iowa State.
After a hard landing in 2014 that damaged Iowa State's single-engine Cirrus, Leath came under harsh criticism for his mixed personal, business use with the airplanes and lack of transparency with the process. "He cares about students, and he cares about faculty".
The trustees will hold a special meeting later today to name a new president.
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.
In a statement to the Trustees following this morning's vote, Leath said, "I could not be more excited, or frankly more humbled, by this once in a lifetime opportunity". I'm sure this played a large part in Auburn's decision.
In a letter to the Iowa State community announcing his resignation, he mentioned the land purchased saying, "In fact, it was not long ago we bought a farm here and expected to retire here".
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. I am proud of the many accomplishments that we achieved in economic development and community engagement. "I promise to work tirelessly to turn this university over to my successor better than I've found it". "We're a unique university, and he would need to know who we are". Auburn has great students and highly dedicated staff.