ISU flights by school president raises questions

steven_leath200AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University pilots have flown President Steven Leath and his wife to and from the North Carolina town where they own a home and business on several occasions, costing thousands of dollars in university donations.

A review of billing records by The Associated Press also shows a university plane flew Leath’s brother and sister-in-law to and from an NCAA basketball tournament game. Leath, an avid hunter, has taken celebrity bowhunter John Dudley on four trips that have mixed university business with hunting.

Leath is facing scrutiny after acknowledging he damaged the university’s small plane while flying home from a North Carolina vacation last year. But the review raises questions about additional trips he’s taken on the university’s larger plane flown by school pilots.

ISU says all flights were justified.

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