ISU presidential candidate field narrowed

Iowa State University is closer to naming its new president.  The search committee selected four finalists Wednesday who will come to campus starting next week. The finalists were among seven people interviewed by a 21-member search committee this week in closed-door meetings a suburban Minneapolis hotel. The names of the finalists, as well as their gender, race and ethnicity, are being kept secret. The Iowa Board of Regents say each finalists' name will be released the morning before their on-campus visit.  The finalists will spend a day in Ames and will attend a public forum. The first two candidates will be in town next Thursday and Friday. The final two will make visits Oct. 9th and 10th. The selection committee will meet with the Regents on Oct. 23 to discuss the finalists. The Regents will interview the candidates and likely name one of them ISU’s president.  The Regents are looking for former president Steven Leath's replacement.  He left ISU last spring to become the new president at Auburn University.