Mar 20, 1:10 PM EDT

Leath leaving Iowa State amid budget cuts, enrollment growthPresident Steven Leath's departure will leave Iowa State University seeking a new leader as it faces budget cuts, enrollment growth and fallout from controversiesLeath leaving Iowa State amid budget cuts, enrollment growthPresident Steven Leath's departure will leave Iowa State University seeking a new leader as it faces budget cuts, enrollment growth and fallout from controversies

358216
399067

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- President Steven Leath's abrupt departure will leave Iowa State University seeking a new leader as it faces budget cuts, enrollment growth and fallout from controversies.

Auburn University's Board of Trustees voted Monday to appoint Leath as the school's next president. Leath immediately announced plans to resign from Iowa State, telling the Board of Regents his last day would be between May 8 and June 2.

Board President Bruce Rastetter issued a statement Monday thanking Leath for his service, saying the school "has made great strides during his tenure, including achieving record enrollment." He said the board would hold a special meeting soon to discuss the presidential transition at Iowa State.

If it follows past practice, the board will appoint an interim president and hire a firm to conduct a national search. Leath's successor will have to manage record enrollment while trimming millions from the university's budget.

During Leath's 5