A message from President Gogue about voting

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Election Day is right around the corner. If you haven’t already, please make sure you vote.

More so than any time I can recall, this campaign season has been characterized by a level of acrimony that is well beyond the free expression of ideas on which our democracy rests. Our political conversations have turned unhealthy and destructive, in many cases.

With all the negativity comes an incredible opportunity, and that’s the opportunity to express our views with lasting impact and influence. In addition to the act of voting, we have the chance to turn the national conversation to something more productive, beneficial and helpful to all of us individually and collectively.

Regardless of your thoughts on candidates or the election’s outcome, I call on us all to stay true to our Auburn values, to encourage constructive dialogue and to respect each other before, during and after the election.

As we recognize that each individual’s unique life experiences shape our opinions, we can learn from each other and grow together.


Jay Gogue

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.