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Report: Leath on 'short list' as next president of Auburn University

Trustees at Auburn University in Alabama voted this morning to approve ISU President Steve Leath as AU's 19th president.

He became Iowa State's president in 2012, after five years as vice president for research at the University of North Carolina. Auburn and Iowa State are both "land grant" universities.

"Auburn is a very special place, Leath said".

"The contribution Jay and Susie Gogue made to Auburn is immeasurable", said Charles McCrary, president pro tem of the Auburn Board.

According to a press release on its website regarding the presidential search, "the University is seeking a visionary leader who has impeccable integrity, exemplary interpersonal and communication skills and a passion for educating students and preparing them for successful and productive lives".

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Nonetheless, Earlon McWhorter, former board of trustees member, said that the next president should have land-grant experience.

During a flight in 2015, Leath, a pilot, damaged the university's newly purchased Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane while he and his wife were flying home from a vacation, according to an Opelika-Auburn News report.

Des Moines Register noted that Leath has been recently criticized after an audit by the Iowa Board of Regents found that he used a university-owned airplane for personal benefit.

Leath has reimbursed the university for the flights.

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

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