Leath to Leave ISU for Auburn Post

Leath to Leave ISU for Auburn Post

University trustees are set to vote on a new president of Auburn University, and some people say the selection process should be more transparent.

The official pick will be announced at a Monday morning press conference in Alabama.

Leath has recently been under fire for his use of university aircraft at Iowa State.

While president, Iowa State achieved its highest student graduation rate, lowered student debt, grew research expenditures, set fundraising records and secured the university's largest private gift for an academic facility. Auburn and Iowa State are both "land grant" universities.

"To the trustees, I appreciate your trust and confidence", Leath said in the meeting after asked if he'd like to speak.

"Auburn is a very special place, Leath said". He is believed to be an attractive pick for Auburn University because of his experience in agriculture and leadership at a land-grant institution.

To the university and community, he promised to make the best decisions for the university's welfare. "We're a unique university, and he would need to know who we are". Apparently, he used the plane for medical appointments in Minnesota, personal flight lessons as well as for trips on his North Carolina home.

"Steven Leath, I think, has done a great job at Iowa State University", Branstad said.

Leath will replace Jay Gogue, who has announced his retirement effective this summer.

Birmingham businessman and Auburn trustee Raymond J. Harbert is leading the 14-member committee as well as the presidential search.

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