The Search Continues for the Next Auburn University President

In just weeks, interviews begin to determine who will be the next president of Auburn University.

Dr.  Jay Gogue has led Auburn University for more than a decade.

“I’ve been very happy with our last president. Sad to see him go,” said Auburn University student Peyton Little.

The announcement in September 2016 of Gouge’s plan to retire set in motion a six-to-twelve month process to pick the person who will succeed him.

“Whoever the new president is going to be that person has big shoes to fill,” said Auburn University’s Director of Public Affairs, Brian Keeter.

The committee charged with picking finalists for the Auburn president’s job includes people from throughout the Auburn family; faculty from the Auburn and Auburn-Montgomery campuses, staff, alumni, and at least one student.

The Board of Trustees also hired R. William Funk and Associates, a national search consultant.

“The committee is currently reviewing resumes and information from all of the applicants for the Auburn Presidency. The expectation is within the next few weeks they will narrow the list and begin talking to some of the top candidates,” said Keeter.

And just what type of candidate might move to the top of the list?

“If I could break them down into two: number one, you have to serve as the chief advocate for the university and that can be before any audience and certainly will have to have experience successfully leading a large and complex organization because that’s what Auburn University is,” said Keeter.

Auburn students have their own wish list for the next university leader. One top trait, be very involved, just like President Gouge.

“As a student especially for me as an international student, I look for someone who can be a strong leader in terms of reading the minds of the students and their needs,” said Auburn Student Tesfa Gebriel.

“I hope the next president is someone who really holds true to the values Auburn tries to instill in their students and really I hope he sticks to the Auburn creed because it holds our values and puts them into useful terms and ways to live those everyday,” said Little.

The university isn’t yet revealing exactly how many candidates are still in the running. But, the goal is to have a new president named and on campus by sometime this summer.

Dr. Gogue will remain president until his successor is announced and will continue to co-teach a graduate level course.