Incoming Iowa State University President Steven Leath envisions future generations of ISU students graduating free of debt.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Des Moines Register on Friday, Leath highlighted the struggle of middle-class families to pay for a public university education. He called eliminating student debt at ISU a long-term goal that requires immediate attention.
Leath, 54, was named ISU’s 15th president on Tuesday. He’ll take over the reins of the Ames university from President Gregory Geoffroy, who is retiring. Leath starts Feb. 1.
Iowa public university students graduate with the fourth-highest average debt in the nation. Those at ISU leave with $30,411 in average debt, the highest among the state’s three public universities.