At its meeting last week, the Auburn University Board of Trustees removed the interim tag from President Jay Gogue's title, appointing him as the 20th president in the university's history.
The move to make Gogue the president again has been expected for months after he took on an interim role as president in early July following the abrupt resignation of Steven Leath, who served two years as president starting in 2017. Gogue's one-year contract signed last July was worth $456,000.
Gogue served as Auburn University president from 2007 to 2017, during which time he and his wife, Susie, were fixtures in the Auburn community. Gogue also played a fundamental role in helping secure more than $1 billion for the university's This is Auburn fundraising campaign. The Gogues' impact on the community is most visible in the university's Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, which continues to bring acts to The Plains during its inaugural season.
The university initially contemplated launching a national presidential search.