Jay Gogue returned to his alma mater on July 16, 2007, as Auburn University's 18th president. The Waycross, Ga., native earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn and a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University.
During his tenure as president, the academic strength of Auburn's student population has increased, a new research center has been established in Huntsville, Ala., a common book program that generates a shared academic experience has been instituted, and outreach partnerships with underserved schools in surrounding communities have been established. His leadership during a period of sharp reductions in state support for the university budget has protected Auburn's academic quality and prevented elimination of academic programs.
Auburn is currently implementing a new five-year strategic plan developed at President Gogue's direction in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni and representatives from business, industry and agriculture. The plan focuses on five priorities with an emphasis on strengthening student success, supporting faculty excellence and enhancing research, scholarship and creative work.
President Gogue was selected in 2013 for the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, a group of 100 Alabamians "chosen for accomplishment or service greatly benefitting or reflecting great credit on the State."
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security appointed President Gogue in 2012 to a new Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. He and other members advise the Secretary and the Department's leadership on student recruitment, research, campus and community preparedness and other issues.
Before returning to Auburn, President Gogue served as president of New Mexico State University beginning in 2000 and, in 2003, he was named president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System. He started his higher education administration career in 1986 at Clemson University as vice president for research and vice president/vice provost for agriculture and natural resources. Utah State University selected him as provost in 1995.
President Gogue is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Sigma Xi scientific research society and the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, the honorary military society for all branches of service. He met his wife, Susie, in the 8th grade, and they married during their undergraduate years at Auburn. Like Dr. Gogue, Mrs. Gogue also earned two Auburn degrees. They are the proud parents of three children and have one grandchild.
Last Updated: Oct. 14, 2013