Auburn students celebrate new president

Auburn students celebrate new president
Free food, games and live performances were available for the students to enjoy during the celebration. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn University students gathered at the Student Center Campus Green to celebrate the installation of their president, Dr. Steven Leath.

Free food, games and live performances were available for the students to enjoy during the celebration. President Leath was also in attendance speaking with students about campus life.

"Whenever I can spend time with the students, getting updates on classes, student life, what it's like in the residence halls, anything at all it's usually valued to me as a President, but it's just fun to be with them, share their dreams and their hopes," says President Steven Leath.

Students say that they enjoyed having their president mingling with the student body.

"That's amazing. We need a president that is personable, transparent. That is on the ground working with us. It doesn't make sense to have a president that's like locked away or something. You need someone who's easily accessible to the students, who's taking the time to get to know all of us," says Auburn student, Chantal Alford.

Leath is Auburn University's 19th president.

"Over 150 years, I'm only the 19th president and every president has left the university better than they found it, and that's my job is to build on everything Jay and his predecessors did. So it's a daunting challenge, but one I'm excited about and I work real hard to make this great university even better," says Leath.

The installation will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Auburn Arena.

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