Friday, October 21, 2016

Regents 'extremely disappointed' in Leath's Iowa State University plane use (with video)




Cirrus SR22, N176CF, Iowa State University: http://registry.faa.gov/N176CF





CEDAR FALLS, Iowa —The Iowa Board of Regents has ordered an audit of every flight that Iowa State University President Steven Leath has taken on the school's two airplanes, citing possible misuse.

The Iowa Board of Regents has ordered an audit of every flight that Iowa State University President Steven Leath has taken on the school's two airplanes, citing possible misuse.

Board President Bruce Rastetter said Thursday that he's extremely disappointed that Leath has used the planes on multiple occasions in ways that appear "questionable at best."

“Frankly, I’m extremely disappointed. We as the Board of Regents take the use of the university resources very seriously and in more than a few instances, the decision to use the plane appears to be questionable at best,” said Rastetter.

He says Leath has been a successful president but the board must take seriously any questions about the potential misuse of university resources.

The board's audit committee voted to order its internal auditor to review Leath's flights on university planes during his five-year tenure. He said the report must be detailed and answer all questions about the trips.

“Questions have been raised. We will answer those in a transparent manner, and I have great trust in independent audit systems, and your independent audit system will carry this out very well,” said board member Larry McKibben. “I’m a fact based person, and I want the facts and the data, and I want it supportable.”

In response to the audit, Leath told the board he welcomes it, and will be engaged in the complicated review.

“Clearly there are areas where I and the university can improve, and I pledge to improve and do better,” said Leath. ”At Iowa State, I and the whole university, are committed to adhering to university and board policies, and we welcome review. And I am fully supportive and will be fully engaged in the more complicated review that will be coming forth this fall.”

A pilot, Leath has repeatedly flown to and from North Carolina, where he owns a mountain home.

A state prosecutor dropped his inquiry into the matter Wednesday.

Story and video:   http://www.kcci.com

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