Thompson taking on new role as university’s liaison with local communities

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Auburn University is strengthening its bond with local communities by appointing a liaison to build and foster the university’s relationships with Auburn, Opelika and Lee County.

Jon Thompson, formerly the director of special events, will take on new responsibilities with the title of executive director of city/community relations, special events and estate operations.

“Engagement and outreach, especially in our home community, are among our top priorities,” Auburn University President Steven Leath said. “Jon is well respected in the area and has many local ties. He will further enhance our relationships with local officials, citizens and businesses.”

Thompson will represent the university at city council meetings, county commission meetings and other boards and professional meetings and will lead university efforts involving university-city partnerships. He will continue to lead the Office of Special Events by providing comprehensive event management in support of the Office of the President and the Board of Trustees.

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