The Auburn University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint former president Jay Gogue as interim president during a special-called telephone conference call on Monday.
Gogue takes over for Steven Leath, who tendered his resignation in late June after serving for two years as president. Gogue, who served as AU president from 2007 to 2017, will reacquaint himself with student, faculty, staff and alumni leadership over the coming days.
“Susie and I love Auburn, and we’re honored to again serve the Auburn Family,” said Gogue, who has a one-year contract for about $456,000.
Since retiring, Gogue has stayed active in the Auburn community and currently serves on the city’s Industrial Development Board.
During his 10-year tenure as president, Gogue and his wife, Susie, were instrumental in securing funding for the Gogue Performing Arts Center, which will kick off its inaugural season with a festival in August.
“A cultural amenity like that is important for long-term development,” said Gogue in a 2017 interview with The Villager. “It has a huge impact on the quality of life in a community.”
Gogue also oversaw the university’s This is Auburn fundraising campaign, which raised more than $1billion, as well as numerous construction projects across campus.
The university will soon launch a national presidential search, said Wayne T. Smith, president pro tempore of the Board of Trustees, according to a news release. A time line for hiring a new president has not been announced.