ISU's Leath explains change of heart, decision to take Auburn job

  • ISU's Leath explains change of heart, decision to take Auburn job

ISU's Leath explains change of heart, decision to take Auburn job

Iowa State University President Steven Leath will be retiring his cardinal and gold for blue and orange when he becomes the new president of Auburn University on July 15.

Alabama newspaper The Opelika-Auburn News, says Leath is likely a top candidate for the new Auburn University president. Auburn University's board of trustees is expected to vote Monday on current President Jay Gogue's successor.

Leath has served as Iowa State University's president since January 2012.

In a letter to the community, Leath conveyed his love for Iowa State along with his resignation as ISU's president. He holds a plant science from Pennsylvania State University, plant science from the University of DE, and plant pathology from the University of IL.

But Leath has struggled to get state lawmakers on board with more funding to support the growing student body.

It's hard to say what Dr. Leath's appointment may mean for Athletics.

Charles McCrary Chairman pro tem said the official action of voting for Leath took place in the Student Center to symbolize the President's dedication to serving students. "I am proud of the many accomplishments that we achieved in economic development and community engagement".

"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.

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're a unique university, and he would need to know who we are". Teeter served on the presidential search committee along with others representing Auburn students, faculty, staff and alumni.

I have volunteered to work closely with the Regents to identify an interim president and start a search for a permanent president.