Jay Gogue began his tenure as Auburn University's 18th president on July 16, 2007.
The Waycross, Ga., native is a 1969 AU alumnus. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture from AU and a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University in 1973.
Gogue arrived at AU with ample experience in the top ranks of University leadership. He was selected president of New Mexico State University in 2000 and, in 2003, named chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston.
Gogue worked for the National Park Service from 1973 to 1986, starting as a field research scientist and rising to the position of chief administrative scientist for several regions of the U.S. Park system.
He began his distinguished career in higher education administration in 1986 as associate director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University, where he also served as vice president for research and vice president/vice provost for agriculture and natural resources. Utah State University selected Gogue as provost in 1995.
Gogue and his wife, Susie, met in the 8th grade as classmates in their native Waycross. They were married during their undergraduate years at Auburn. Susie also earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from AU. They are the parents of three children and have one grandchild.
He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Sigma Xi scientific research society and the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, the honorary military society for all branches of service. Gogue previously served as an accreditation reviewer for the Pacific Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.