Auburn University announces presidential search committee

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A 14-member committee headed by Birmingham businessman and Auburn Trustee Raymond J. Harbert will lead the search for Auburn University’s next president.

Auburn President Jay Gogue last week recommended that members of the university’s Board of Trustees begin the search for his replacement. Gogue will remain as president until his successor is named, expected sometime in 2017.

Members of the public are invited to an open forum to express their views on the presidential search process. The forum will be held in Langdon Hall on the Auburn campus at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

In addition to Harbert, the Auburn presidential search advisory committee is composed of the following:

  • Beau Byrd II; president-elect, Auburn Alumni Association
  • Mike DeMaioribus, member, Auburn Board of Trustees
  • Deacue Fields; chair and professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Thom Gossom; chair, Auburn University Foundation
  • Sharon Haynes; county coordinator, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • Rhea Ingram; dean, College of Business at Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Timothy Jones; chair, Auburn Administrative & Professional Assembly
  • Sarah B. Newton; member, Auburn Board of Trustees
  • Laura Plexico; associate professor, Department of Communication Disorders
  • Chris Roberts; dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Althea Tate; chair, Auburn Staff Council 
  • Larry Teeter; professor, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
  • Jesse Westerhouse; president, Student Government Association

Interested candidates should contact R. William Funk and Associates at 214-522-1222. All other inquiries should be directed to Grant Davis in the Office of the Auburn Board of Trustees at 334-844-4866.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.