Steven Leath named new AU President

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Steven Leath named new AU President

They named Dr. Steven Leath from Iowa State University.

Leath, whose career has included experience at land-grant universities similar to Auburn, has impressive credentials but is not without controversy.

Leath is the 15th president of ISU, having been hired in 2012.

That review began after an audit found Leath used university planes for medical appointments in Minnesota, personal flight lessons and trips home to North Carolina.

As for the departing president, who has held the university's top position since 2007, Gogue will remain at Auburn teaching a higher education administration course and conducting special projects.

"I leave with a promise fulfilled, and that was to leave the university better than I inherited it", Leath wrote. The two-time Auburn graduate is known for engaging with students, supporting faculty and creating a strong university partnership with the local community.

The 59-year-old had previously served as vice president of research at the University of North Carolina.

The Leath-to-Auburn story was broken by reporters Jim Little and Cynthia Williford of the Opelika-Auburn News, which last weekend cited unnamed sources as saying Leath's land-grant and agricultural street cred had made him a stop candidate for the job. He becomes the university's 19th president. In fact, it was not long ago we bought a farm here and expected to retire here. I am proud of the many accomplishments that we achieved in economic development and community engagement.

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. We will always consider ourselves Cyclones and have great affection for this university and its attractive campus; it is a very special place.

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