President Steven Leath announced his resignation to the student body of Iowa State earlier today. Leath has served as Iowa State’s President since January of 2012.
Leath accepted an offer at Auburn University in Alabama. The candidacy of Leath had not been announced to the public until he had publicly accepted his offer.
“I love Iowa State, and the Iowa State students, faculty, staff and Cyclone family are wonderful; I am not looking to leave. However, after much thought, Janet and I decided to look at the opportunity at Auburn and realized the opportunity was one we could not pass up,” Leath stated in the email to the Iowa State student body.
Auburn University, like Iowa State University, is a land-grand university and is a bit smaller than Iowa State with 28,000 students attending.
Over his years at Iowa State, Leath has achieved record enrollment numbers, retention rates, graduation rates, job placement rates and fundraising and research funding.
Leath will still be working with the Board of Regents for an interim President and will help with the search for a new President of Iowa State.
“Our appreciation for the Cyclone family is beyond words, and we found this extended family of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to be the greatest joy of our time at Iowa State.”