Iowa State University President May Soon Lead Auburn University

Posted March 20, 2017

Gogue has been president of Auburn University since 2007.

Iowa State University president Steven Leath is rumored to be a finalist for a new job as president of Auburn University. No potential candidates were named before today.

Six months after Auburn University President Jay Gouge announced his plan to retire, university trustees are poised to announce who will succeed him.

"War eagle!" said Dr. Leath after the vote.

Leath said he was humbled and honored to be chosen for the position. "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". After stepping down as president later this year, he will remain at Auburn teaching a higher education administration course and conducting special projects.

Nonetheless, Earlon McWhorter, former board of trustees member, said that the next president should have land-grant experience. "I want to make it clear that the University is really about the people".

Leath's name carries some negative weight as he has come under fire recently regarding his use of mixed business and personal use of university-owned aircraft - in which he used the plane for medical appointments in Minnesota, flight lessons and trips to North Carolina. He has now reimbursed the university for those flights.

The university then launched a 14-member committee headed by Birmingham businessman and Auburn trustee member Raymond Harbert, Opelika-Auburn News reported.