At the October meeting of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, AU President Jay Gogue announced his plan to retire sometime in 2017.
“Susie and I have had a blast at Auburn the past 10 years,” said Gogue, a 1969 AU graduate who was lured back to his alma mater in 2007 from his position as president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System. “We’re not going anywhere, but we decided it’s time to step down as president next year and begin the next phase of our lives.”
Charles McCrary ’73, president pro tem of the board of trustees, appointed trustee Raymond J. Harbert ’82 to chair the search committee.
Harbert asked trustees Michael DeMaioribus ’76 and Sarah Newton ’74 to serve with him. Also serving on the committee are Beau Byrd II ’89, president of the Auburn Alumni Association; Deacue Fields, chair and professor of agricultural economics; Thom Gossom ’75, outgoing chair, Auburn University Foundation; Sharon Haynes, county coordinator, Alabama Cooperative Extension System; Rhea Ingram, business dean at Auburn University Montgomery; Timothy Jones ’01, chair, Auburn Administrative & Professional Assembly; Laura Plexico, associate professor 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; and Jesse Westerhouse, president, Student Government Association.
The committee will work with R. William Funk & Associates, a higher education search firm based in Dallas.