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Iowa State's Steven Leath named president at Auburn

Trustees to vote on new Auburn University president

Auburn's board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to elect Steven Leath as the university's 19 president.

Before the announcement, a former board of trustees member told the Opelika-Auburn News that Leath's experience at Iowa State would serve him well as Auburn's president.

Leath began his time as Iowa State's president in 2012, replacing Gregory Geoffroy.

The news release from the Board of Regents says the group will hold a special meeting soon to discuss the presidential transition at Iowa State. His most important backer, Board President Bruce Rastetter, announced last month that he's leaving the board. A message left for Leath's spokeswoman was not immediately returned Saturday. "I leave with Iowa State achieving record enrollment, retention rates, graduation rates, job placement rates as well as records in fundraising and research funding, and numerous other metrics". He spent much of his career in North Carolina, serving as vice president for research at the University of North Carolina System prior to his selection at Iowa State. However, after much thought, Janet and I made a decision to look at the opportunity at Auburn and realized the opportunity was one we could not pass up.

"We look forward to your leadership and to working for you and with you for many years", McCrary said.

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". Calling it his "destiny" to lead "one of the nation's great Land-grant universities to even greater prominence".

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.

"I work hard", Leath said. In addition, I will keep you updated during this time of change. "We're a unique university, and he would need to know who we are".