Former UNI head Ben Allen is ISU interim president
IOWA CITY (AP) — Former University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen will serve as interim president of Iowa State University following the resignation of Steven Leath.
The Press-Citizen reported Friday that Allen will begin his interim role on May 9. His annual salary will be $525,000 — the same as Leath.
Leath announced his resignation Monday to take the president’s job at Auburn University. Leath’s last day at ISU will be May 8. He has earned a reputation as a prolific fundraiser, but his 5 ¢ years at ISU included a scandal involving his use of airplanes and a heavily-criticized land deal.
Allen served as UNI president from 2006 to 2013. A native of Indiana, he came to UNI after being provost at Iowa State from 2002 to 2006.