Auburn names Steven Leath new university president
The Auburn University board of trustees has named Iowa State University President Steven Leath as the successor to retiring Auburn President Jay Gogue.
Auburn University has been searching for a new President since Dr. Jay Gogue announced his intentions to retire this summer back on September 16th of previous year.
As he told the Business Record in an interview previous year, Leath told the recruiters that he had bought a retirement home in north-central Iowa, loved his role at Iowa State University and had no plans to leave. 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.
In a letter to the community, Leath conveyed his love for Iowa State along with his resignation as ISU's president.
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.
Auburn officials say Leath has led Iowa State as one of the nation's top research institutions with an worldwide reputation in science and technology.
"Janet and I have made lifelong friends here in Iowa and have had many great experiences", Leath said in the statement.
"Steven Leath, I think, has done a great job at Iowa State University", Branstad said.
The official pick will be announced at a Monday morning press conference in Alabama. Leath also has championed a high-quality student experience and diversity among students, faculty and staff. I am proud of the many accomplishments that we achieved in economic development and community engagement. "And there are going to be some that are upset with this decision, but I'm not going to continue to put students at risk so we can observe what to many has become a weeklong party".
Since taking office in 2012, Leath has helped the university reach new heights in its enrollment, with fall 2016 seeing a record enrollment of 36,660 students.