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Auburn trustees select new university president

(Source: Auburn University) (Source: Auburn University)

Auburn University’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to hire Iowa State President Steven Leath as the university's new president.

The 14 member presidential search committee voted unanimously to name Leath following a six-month national search. Leath replaces Jay Goque who, in 2016, announced plans to retire this summer.

“This is a great day for Auburn,” said trustee Raymond Harbert, who chaired the search committee. “Dr. Leath is a strategic leader who will work alongside the campus community and alumni to elevate Auburn to the next level in instruction, research, and outreach.”

Auburn officials say Leath has led Iowa State as one of the nation’s top research institutions with an international reputation in science and technology. While president, the university achieved its highest students graduation rate, lowered student debt, grew research expenditures, set fundraising records and secured the university’s largest private gift for an academic facility.

"We found an accomplished leader through an inclusive search process with all campus constituencies represented,” said Larry Teeter, professor of forest economics and immediate past chair of the university senate. 

According to the Associated Press, Leath had recently been under fire for his use of a university aircraft at Iowa State. An audit found that Leath used the university plane for medical appointments in Minnesota, personal flight lessons and to take trips home to North Carolina.

Iowa officials decided in February against filing charges against Leath following an investigation into whether he broke the law by using the school aircraft. Leath has reimbursed the university for those flights, according to AP.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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