Leath to Leave ISU for Auburn Post

Angie Massey
March 20, 2017

The Iowa State president could soon be leaving for the same position at another university.

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.

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

Leath has been with Iowa State University since 2012. Auburn and Iowa State are both "land grant" universities. After stepping down as president later this year, he will remain at Auburn teaching a higher education administration course and conducting special projects.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/2n03Ieg ) that no candidates have been announced in the search to replace Auburn President Jay Gogue.

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"I don't know, but it's nearly a necessity for (the next president) to have that land-grant experience", Earlon McWhorter said. "I want to make it clear that the University is really about the people. If he has land-grant experience, he will know who we are". The search for the new leader at Auburn is now underway, according to Auburn's website.

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

Gogue, a native of Waycross, Georgia and an Auburn graduate, plans to retire this summer.

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.

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