Auburn Athletics to hire Chief Operating Officer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn is hiring a Chief Operating Officer to run the day-to-day operations of the athletic department.

Athletic
director Jay Jacobs announced the creation of both that position and a
chief marketing officer on Wednesday. He says the search has started to
fill the jobs.

The chief operating officer will serve as a senior advisor to Jacobs and will be the No. 2 person in the department.

A
review panel recommended changes to the department in May and
University President Jay Gogue said “there's room for substantial
improvement.”

Jacobs says the operating budget has grown from $47
million to $102 million during his tenure, “and we have to ensure we
have the infrastructure in place to support that growth and operate
efficiently and effectively in the future.”