Steven Leath Named Next President at Iowa State University


The Iowa Board of Regents has named Steven Leath the 15th president of Iowa State University today.

Leath’s appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2012.

“Dr. Leath has demonstrated extensive expertise in all areas that are critical to leading Iowa State University,” said Craig Lang, president of the Iowa Board of Regents. “His specific experience with university research and technology transfer, and their application to economic development, will be an invaluable resource in leading Iowa State and its many contributions to the state of Iowa, particularly for Iowa’s bioeconomy industry.”

Leath has been vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina system since 2007. He’s also interim vice president for academic planning. At North Carolina State, he held several positions, including associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the NC Agricultural Research Service. He also was a research leader and plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service; and an extension plant pathologist at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Leath helped develop the North Carolina Research Campus, a private-public venture that fosters advancements in biotechnology, nutrition and health.

He received three plant sciences degrees — a bachelor’s (1979) from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park; a master’s (1981) from the University of Delaware, Newark; and a doctorate in plant pathology (1984) from the University of Illinois.