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RELEASE: Iowa State president bolts for Auburn

Iowa State University is about to begin the search for a new president. It was confirmed on Monday morning that Steven Leath is leaving Ames for the same position at Auburn University. On Monday morning, Iowa State University issued the following release. 

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

Leath has served as Iowa State University’s president since January 2012. Under his leadership, Iowa State’s enrollment has grown to more than 36,660 students; a transformative, $1.1 billion fundraising campaign was launched; and the size of the ISU Research Park has more than doubled, expected to employ 5,000 people by 2025. Leath also has championed a high-quality student experience and diversity among students, faculty and staff. He has emphasized enhancement of Iowa State’s nationally recognized, 1,700-acre campus and its public art collection, one of the largest among U.S. public universities.

In a letter to the community, Leath conveyed his love for Iowa State along with his resignation as ISU’s president. He wrote that after much consideration, he and first lady Janet Leath viewed the opportunity at Auburn as “one we could not pass up” and realized “our destiny is in Alabama and leading one of the nation’s great land-grant universities to even greater prominence.”

Leath pledged to work closely with the Iowa Board of Regents to identify an interim president and begin a search for his permanent successor at Iowa State.

“I would like to thank President Leath for his service to Iowa State University, the Board of Regents and the state of Iowa,” said Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter. “ISU has made great strides during his tenure, including achieving record enrollment. We wish President Leath and his wife, Janet, the best at Auburn University.”

The Board of Regents will hold a special meeting soon to discuss the presidential transition at Iowa State.

Chris Williams

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football’s postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines’ top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO.

Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio.

When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.