A quick look at Iowa State President Steve Leath’s use of university planes.
Iowa State University officials released flight records identifying 126 passengers whom the university previously had kept secret after President Steven Leath made a “hard landing” that damaged the university’s Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft.
The 670 pages of documents made public in response to a complaint filed by The Des Moines Register show that the 72 flights identified in the records cost the university or its foundation at least $804,000.
The passengers include dozens of well-known donors and athletes, as well as people whose ties to the university already have been publicly scrutinized, such as professional archer John Dudley.
Dudley, an Indianola native, accompanied Leath on four trips that may have mixed university business with hunting, according to records and a previous investigation published by the Associated Press show. That included trips to Sulphur Springs, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; and Louisville, Ky.
Leath has denied that Dudley hunted on those trips, describing the bow hunter’s role in a recent interview with the Business Record as “to…
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