It is an exciting time to be at Auburn, a university with a bold vision for the future. We are becoming even more renowned for helping our students achieve their dreams, solving society’s pressing problems and improving lives in Alabama and beyond. Auburn is on the move to reaching its full potential as one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities — and making a meaningful difference in our world.

Dr. Steven Leath
Auburn University President

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About Dr. Leath

Steven Leath became Auburn University’s 19th president on June 19, 2017. Supporting Auburn’s vision to inspire, innovate and transform, Dr. Leath is focused on strengthening the institution’s reputation as a partnership university and empowering students, faculty and entrepreneurs to develop transformative ideas and inventions that improve lives. Key initiatives he has advanced since arriving at Auburn include a plan to recruit 500 research- and scholarship-focused faculty, the advancement of multidisciplinary research through a $5 million presidential award program and new fellowships to attract top-tier PhD scholars. Under his leadership, Auburn achieved Carnegie R1 classification, placing the university among the country’s elite research institutions. Auburn is renowned for its exceptional student experience, and Dr. Leath champions programs that position Auburn students to become leaders in their professions and engage in their communities.

Prior to arriving at Auburn, Dr. Leath served as president of Iowa State University and vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina System, and he held several prominent positions at North Carolina State University. Dr. Leath holds a BS in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, MS in plant science from the University of Delaware and PhD in plant pathology from the University of Illinois. In 2018, Dr. Leath was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board. He also serves as Secretary of the Council of Presidents for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Dr. Leath and his wife, Janet, have two sons, Eric and Scott, and two yellow Labrador retrievers, Quill and Fraser.

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Chief of Staff and Vice President for Economic
Development and Industry Relations
Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess (Ret.)
Chief Operating Officer
Brian Keeter
Executive Director of Public Affairs
Janie Boles
Assistant to the President
Hayley Harris
Assistant to the President for Communications
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Executive Support Specialist
Kim Brown
Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer

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Last updated: April 05, 2019