Iowa State's New Top Gun

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Steve Leath has lived his life in a constant state of construction.

He starts his biggest job yet on Monday, as the 15th president of Iowa State University.

His closest friends and colleagues say Iowans should expect Leath — a restlessly curious man who hunts, pilots planes and takes pride in his skill as an archer — to leave a sizable legacy at ISU.

To anticipate what Leath might accomplish in Ames, they say Iowans should look to his record of building strong relationships with both billionaire executives and retired mill workers to grow jobs and the economy in North Carolina through university research in science and technology.

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