Jay Gogue's Auburn career started long before he was selected as the university's 18th president. The Waycross, Georgia, native earned Auburn bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture before earning a doctorate in that field from Michigan State University.
Since returning as president in July 2007, Dr. Gogue has worked to improve the academic strength of Auburn's student body and encouraged research and outreach.
Under his leadership, Auburn is implementing a strategic plan focused on enhancing student success, supporting faculty excellence, strengthening public engagement, and promoting research, scholarship and creative work.
In addition to fulfilling duties as Auburn's president, Dr. Gogue enjoys maintaining a connection with students in the classroom. He teaches a graduate course in higher education administration where students learn university governance, leadership, budgeting and more.
Dr. 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 benefiting or reflecting great credit on the State." He held a 2012 appointment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's academic advisory council. Other memberships include Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies, Sigma Xi scientific research society, and the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, the honorary military society for all branches of service.
He began his career at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he worked for 12 years. Prior to returning to Auburn, he held a number of academic and administrative positions, starting at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor teaching and conducting research in plant science. Dr. Gogue later served as vice president for research and vice president/vice provost for agriculture and natural resources at Clemson University and as provost at Utah State University. He was selected as president of New Mexico State University in 2000. In 2003, he was named president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System.
Dr. and Mrs. Susie Gogue first met in the 8th grade. They married while both were Auburn undergraduates. They have three children, one grandchild and two dogs.