Leath leaving Iowa State amid budget cuts, enrollment growth

  • Leath leaving Iowa State amid budget cuts, enrollment growth

Leath leaving Iowa State amid budget cuts, enrollment growth

Iowa State University President Steven Leath could be making a big announcement this coming week.

Alabama newspaper The Opelika-Auburn News, says Leath is likely a top candidate for the new Auburn University president.

After beginning his career as a plant pathologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Leath moved on to the University of North Carolina, where he served as vice president for research.

According to his Iowa State University biography, President Leath holds a B.S.in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, M.S.in plant science from the University of DE, and Ph.D.in plant pathology from the University of IL.

"Steven Leath, I think, has done a great job at Iowa State University", Branstad said. His most important backer, Board President Bruce Rastetter, announced last month that he's leaving the board. Under his leadership, ISU 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. However, after much thought, Janet and I chose to look at the opportunity at Auburn and realized the opportunity was one we could not pass up.

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". However, we now realize our destiny is in Alabama and leading one of the nation's great Land-grant universities to even greater prominence. I could not be more excited, or frankly more humbled, by this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Janet and I have made lifelong friends here in Iowa and have had many great experiences. Teeter served on the presidential search committee along with others representing Auburn students, faculty, staff and alumni. We will always consider ourselves Cyclones and have great affection for this university and its handsome campus; it is a very special place.