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Iowa State University President Steven Leath is reportedly on Auburn University's "short list" as its next president, the Opelika-Auburn News reports.

Alabama newspaper The Opelika-Auburn News, says Leath is likely a top candidate for the new Auburn University president.

Before becoming Iowa State president in 2012, Leath received a bachelor's degree in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in plant science from the University of DE and a Ph.D in plant pathology from the University of IL, according his official biography from Iowa State.

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While president, Iowa State achieved its highest student graduation rate, lowered student debt, grew research expenditures, set fundraising records and secured the university's largest private gift for an academic facility.

According to Auburn University's website, the board of trustees will have a meeting this morning at 10:30 to vote on the next president.

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

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Leath said he was humbled and honored to be chosen for the position.

To the university and community, he promised to make the best decisions for the university's welfare.

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". Iowa State - originally called the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm - is the nation's first land-grant college. The search for the new leader at Auburn is now underway, according to Auburn's website.

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Gogue plans to retire this summer. He has since reimbursed the university for said flights.

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