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Iowa State University President Named as New President of Auburn University

Iowa State University President Named as New President of Auburn University”

Auburn University's Board of Trustees this morning (March 20) unanimously appointed Steven Leath as the university's 19th president.

Auburn trustees voted Monday to name Leath as the replacement for Jay Gogue, who plans to retire this summer.

According to his Iowa State University biography, President Leath holds a plant science from Pennsylvania State University, plant science from the University of DE, and plant pathology from the University of IL. 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.

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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. Leath has reimbursed the university for those flights, according to AP.

"The first thing I'd like to say is War Eagle", Leath said. 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.

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. "I raised more money than any president in Iowa State history". "I promise to work tirelessly to turn this university over to my successor better than I've found it". "We're fortunate they will remain part of the Auburn community". I could not be more excited, or frankly more humbled, by this once in a lifetime opportunity. Auburn has great students and highly dedicated staff. "We're a unique university, and he would need to know who we are".

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