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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The President of the Iowa Board of Regents said today he is “extremely disappointed” in the use of airplanes at Iowa State University.

Recently news accounts told of ISU President Steven Leath’s use of a University aircraft, and some damage was caused to the plane during a hard landing, while Leath was operating the plane.

An audit committee did a review of the two aircraft owned by Iowa State and found nothing was illegal, but there needs to be better documentation between business and personal travel. The review learned the ISU Foundation had bought a King Air plane and gifted that to the University.

“In light of recent events,regarding Iowa State and their planes, frankly I’m extremely disappointed,” said Regent President Bruce Rastetter. "We at the Board of Regents take the use of University resources very seriously, in more than a few instances the decision to use the plane appears to be questionable at best."

Rastetter moved, and the Audit Committee of the Board of Regents agreed that auditors need to review every plane trip Leath has taken since becoming President of Iowa State University.

Leath said in his regular report to the Board said he is looking forward to working with auditors  on this issue, and he wants to adhere to state policies.

"Clearly there are ways where Iowa State and I can improve," said Leath in brief comment on the issue.