Stockton named chancellor of Auburn University at Montgomery

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Carl A. Stockton, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, begins July 1 as the next chancellor for Auburn University at Montgomery.

Stockton was selected Thursday after a national search by unanimous vote of the Auburn Board of Trustees. He succeeds John Veres, AUM chancellor since 2006, who last year announced his retirement.

"Dr. Stockton's background and vision make him a good fit for AUM's strategic direction," said Auburn President Jay Gogue. "We're grateful for Dr. Veres' leadership and look forward to Dr. Stockton building upon the existing foundation."

While at UH-Clear Lake, Stockton increased degree offerings, improved opportunities for faculty research, cultivated industry and academic partnerships and increased online learning opportunities. He has obtained more than $35 million in external funding during his 32-year career. He holds two degrees from the University of Florida and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

"AUM is well-positioned to continue to excel in service to students and the State," said Charles McCrary, president pro tempore of the Auburn Board. "We welcome Dr. Stockton to AUM."

An AUM selection committee, co-chaired by Business Dean Rhea Ingram and Vice Chancellor Katherine Jackson, started the search for a new chancellor last year. After reviewing applicants, the top candidates visited campus to meet faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners.

"The search committee and multiple stakeholders were enthusiastic about Dr. Stockton's result-proven background and experience on a similar college campus," said Ingram.

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