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Hope Stockton has been named assistant vice president for University Outreach and Professional & Continuing Education in Auburn’s Division of University Outreach. A member of the Auburn family for more than 20 years, Stockton previously served as executive director for the Office of Professional & Continuing Education, or OPCE, in the division.

“During her tenure in University Outreach, Hope Stockton has provided dynamic and effective leadership to her office, significantly expanding its array of professional and continuing education offerings, as well as building new outreach enterprises serving thousands,” said Royrickers Cook, vice president for University Outreach in announcing Stockton’s appointment. “She has greatly increased the capacity of University Outreach and Auburn reaching more citizens and professional clients across Alabama and beyond through high quality, high impact continuing education programming.”

Stockton brings extensive administrative and financial management experience to the position along with a comprehensive background in planning, developing and administering professional and continuing education programs. She earned her bachelor's degree in finance and history from Huntingdon College and a master's degree in management from Troy University, with additional doctoral-level studies in adult education at Auburn University. Prior to her employment with Auburn, Stockton spent 13 years in healthcare management and worked for the United States Army Budget Office in Vicenza, Italy. She came to Auburn in 2003 to lead the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership in the College of Business before being hired in University Outreach as OPCE director.

As assistant vice president for University Outreach and Professional & Continuing Education, Stockton will continue her oversight of OPCE as well as leading University Outreach’s implementation of the Auburn strategic plan priorities for increasing non-credit continuing education offerings to new clientele and markets, especially in the expanding corporate and high-tech sector of the state. Additionally, the position will focus on creating greater opportunities for collaboration with campus and external stakeholders in developing new non-credit programs.

“Hope is a seasoned and highly effective professional, well respected in the national continuing education community of practice,” added Cook. “This new title appropriately reflects her accomplishments, her standing in our division, and this expanded strategic role in advancing the professional continuing education enterprise at Auburn.”

“Working with Dr. Cook and the University Outreach team has been an honor,” noted Stockton. “I look forward to this great opportunity to build upon our success in professional and continuing education and tap into the many new markets emerging across our state and region.”Learn more about Auburn University Outreach here