President Jay Gogue Tribute Site - Timeline

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Celebrating a Decade of Leadership.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue is retiring in July after leading his alma mater for 10 years. Under his leadership, Auburn has continued to assert its status as a premier land-, sea- and space-grant university through research, academic rigor, and national recognition. During his tenure, Gogue developed Auburn into a better and stronger university than it was when he started. By engaging and encouraging those around him – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – Gogue has invigorated the Auburn spirit. Now, we celebrate the legacy he will leave behind.

April 2017

A $12 million commitment from James W. “Jimmy” Rane and the Rane family will create a new culinary science center at Auburn University.

Plans for the $4 million Mell Corridor project were unveiled, which includes a separated bicycle and pedestrian walkway, new seating and gathering space adjacent to the Mell Classroom Building, a significant outdoor dining promenade, relocated accessible parking lot space and a permanent welcome kiosk at the intersection of College Street and West Thach Avenue.

A rendering of the pedestrian corridor that will open in front of the Mell Classroom Building.

Raymond J. Harbert College of Business broke ground on a $40 million facility that will house graduate programs and classroom and meeting spaces for undergraduate and graduate students. A $15 million lead gift from 1982 alumnus Raymond J. Harbert will help fund the $40 million facility.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue and four others use shovels to scoop dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new business building.

March 2017

Auburn University broke ground on a new performing arts center that will be located across from the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on South College Street in Auburn. The center will create a new arts district for the university, community and region.

A rendering of the Performing Arts Center.
February 2017

Auburn University’s second Tiger Giving Day fully funded 22 projects for various schools, projects and units across campus. Tiger Giving Day began in 2015 as part of Giving Tuesday, a national day of philanthropy.

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The Board of Trustees granted final approval to build an $8.7 million, two-story, 23,000-square-foot Airport Aviation Education Facility at the airport, adjacent to the south ramp. The building will house classrooms, a flight simulator lab, debriefing rooms and flight dispatch and departmental spaces.

November 2016

Auburn University cut the ribbon on the Auburn Memorial, a space where the Auburn Family can go for reflection and remembrance.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue and four others cut the ribbon on the Auburn Memorial.

Auburn University and Ocean University of China gathered to mark the beginning of the OUC-AU Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Sciences.

The Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center was dedicated. The new center will support programming and activities of Auburn’s Department of Poultry Science and the National Poultry Technology Center.

Auburn announced the hiring of its first associate provost and vice president for inclusion and diversity, Taffye Benson Clayton.

October 2016

Auburn University and NASA signed a second Space Act Agreement to collaborate on the development of wireless sensor and communication technologies.

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September 2016

Because This is Auburn – A Campaign for Auburn University reached its historic $1 billion goal, making Auburn the first university in the state to raise $1 billion in a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

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May 2016

Auburn University Outreach announced the formation of the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement, which will expand initiatives serving the educational community and promote college access for underserved students in the state.

March 2016

Auburn University planted ten descendants of the original Auburn Oaks in Samford Park.

Ten oaks, descendants of the original oaks at Toomer’s Corner, line the walkway leading from Toomer’s Corner to Samford Hall.
February 2016

In its annual America’s Top Colleges ranking, which recognizes the top university from each state, Forbes listed Auburn University as the best in Alabama.

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Auburn University unveiled a $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from from genomic sequence analysis to complex engineering tasks.

Jay Gogue, Timothy Boosinger and Nicholas Giordano push the button to start Auburn’s supercomputer.
December 2015

Auburn announced a new study abroad program that allows students to complete a portion of their core curriculum courses in Rome, Italy.

Auburn University students pose for a picture during their study abroad trip to Rome, Italy.
November 2015

Auburn University won a top national Innovation and Economic Prosperity University award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for its impact in economic development.

Auburn University and IBM announced a collaboration on cybersecurity research using IBM’s POWER8 platforms, which will result in enhanced undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculums, research and outreach.

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Auburn University with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University award, making Auburn the first university in Alabama to be named a Bicycle Friendly University. Auburn joined more than 100 colleges and university across the country to receive the designation.

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October 2015

Auburn University Outreach announced the formation of the Government and Economic Development Institute, which unifies the resources and programs of two existing University Outreach units, to form a higher capacity unit with a broader range of coordinated services for Alabama communities.

Auburn’s College of Human Sciences received a $10 million grant to study the efficacy of the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative.

September 2015

Auburn University’s College of Education unveiled signage marking the university’s official designation as a U.S. Olympic training site by the United States Olympic Committee.

Jay Gogue and others stand at the front of a ceremony dedicating Auburn as an official training site for the Olympics.

Auburn announced that forty-one new faculty members will be hired in five strategic clusters to develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

A new Exploratory Advising Center opened on campus to help students select a major.

The “This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2015” launched to recognize research excellence of Auburn and Auburn Montgomery faculty.

Auburn University was issued the patent for “Dynamic Canine Tracking Method for Hazardous and Illicit Substances” – better known as its VAPOR WAKE® technology – which has been licensed to the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.

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August 2015

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer held its first symposium to bring together Auburn University researchers and others who focus on cancer research to enhance awareness about scientific developments and projects.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue signed a memorandum of understanding with Youngsoo Lee, president of KITECH, to formalize the joint research efforts of Auburn’s faculty and labs with local companies supported by KITECH. The Korea Institute of Technology, or KITECH, documented collaboration in research and technology development with Auburn University to support the Korean automotive industry.

July 2015

Auburn University and NASA signed a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing.

June 2015

The College of Agriculture entered into a historic partnership with the Agrarian University of Havana and the Cuban National Center for Animal and Plant Health, paving the way for faculty and student exchange programs and collaborative research efforts between Auburn agriculture and the Cuban institutions.

April 2015

Auburn kicked off its $1 billion campaign, Because This is Auburn – A Campaign for Auburn University.

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Auburn University received the nation’s first FAA authorization to operate an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight School as part of the Auburn University Aviation Center.

Auburn launched its new “This is Research: Student Symposium” to give Auburn and Auburn Montgomery students an opportunity to share their research university-wide.

February 2015

Auburn University was the first university to receive the 2015 Alabama Green Ribbons Schools Award in recognition of its efforts to improve the environment and promote environmental and outdoor education.

Auburn University was the first university to receive the 2015 Alabama Green Ribbons Schools Award in recognition of its efforts to improve the environment and promote environmental and outdoor education.

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Auburn University announced a bicycle sharing program that will allow students to get to class easier through shared “smart bikes” accessible 24 hours per day free of charge.

A student rides an Auburn-branded bicycle from the on-campus bike share program.
January 2015

Auburn University was recognized for its efforts to create cross-cultural opportunities with the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education as a result of a partnership with Keimyung University in South Korea.

December 2014

Auburn launches global network of universities in fight against hunger. Auburn will lead a coalition of more than 60 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger and malnutrition. President Jay Gogue and leaders from other universities signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security at the United Nations in New York City. The meeting was the first gathering of PUSH – Presidents United to Solve Hunger.

October 2014

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $4.5 million in federal GEAR UP grants to Auburn University to be administered as part of University Outreach’s K-12 and College Access department.

July 2014

Auburn University partnered with Intelligence and Security Academy to train public officials in security data to protect the interests of community governments and businesses.

Auburn raised the curtain on a black box experimental theatre and a 1,500-square-foot dance studio that were designed to enhance the experience of audiences and performers at Telfair B. Peet Theatre.

March 2014

President Jay Gogue received the 2014 Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award from the Auburn chapter of the American Association of University professors.

September 2013

A 58,000-square-foot kinesiology research facility opened, and it houses a motor behavior lab, a training center for USA Team Handball and a more up-to-date facility for the Tiger Fit program.

Auburn became one of four universities selected by the National Security Agency to carry the designation of a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.

August 2013

Auburn opened its new 240,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center, where students, faculty and staff got their first look inside the $72 million facility which includes the nation’s longest indoor running track (at the time it opened), a five-story rock-climbing wall and a 45-person tiger-paw-shaped hot tub.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue is joined by Aubie and others to cut he ribbon at the Recreation and Wellness Center opening.

Four departments at Auburn University were redesignated as schools. The new schools are Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture; Industrial and Graphic Design in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; and Kinesiology in the College of Education.

June 2013

The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a new, five-year Strategic Plan to guide the university’s direction by focusing on five priorities through 2018. The plan calls for Auburn to enhance student success by increasing workforce readiness, diversity enrollment, increase accessibility and increase eLearning programs; support faculty excellence and strengthen Auburn’s reputation; enhance research, scholarship and creative work; become a national model for public engagement; and focus resources on institutional priorities.

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November 2012

Auburn University taps former U.S. Defense Intelligence Chief Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess to lead security and cyber initiatives.

September 2012

Auburn University has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of Military Friendly Schools “for being among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.”

August 2012

Auburn opened its new Auburn University-Keimyung University Korea Center, which offers non-credit classes in Korean language and culture.

Auburn University implemented Auburn DegreeWorks, a software program designed to help students and their advisors monitor progress toward graduation.

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July 2012

Facilities Management partnered with the Office of Sustainability to fund a pilot project for the installation of 24 solar panels on top of the northeast and southeast stairwells of the stadium parking deck. The solar power will be used to charge the university’s electric vehicles.

June 2012

Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering dedicated a new MRI Research Center, a three-story, $21 million, 45,000-square-foot facility housing two of the most powerful research and clinical MRI scanners in the world.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary appointed President Jay Gogue to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. The council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders, was charged with advising the secretary and senior leadership at the department on several key issues.

February 2012

The Board of Trustees agreed to establish the International Hunger Institute, providing the university with another tool to use in the fight against domestic and global hunger.

January 2011

Auburn was selected for the 2010 “Community Engagement Classification” by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing Auburn’s commitment to community partnership and public service through its mission of outreach. The classification is the most significant recognition in higher education for a university’s total outreach body of work in the community.


Auburn researchers set university records in 2010 for the number of U.S. patents and license and option agreements. During 2010, Auburn earned 25 U.S. patents, beating the second highest mark of 19 in 2007, and secured 25 new license and option agreements.

November 2010

Auburn announces the launch of a Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center.

September 2010

Auburn University, local governments dedicate new airport terminal at the Auburn University Regional Airport, which will be an important economic development tool for east Alabama.

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July 2010

Auburn’s Huntsville Research Center opens to advance homeland security and space exploration.

February 2010

Auburn University introduces its annual Common Book program with Three Cups of Tea, co-written by David Oliver Relin.

Auburn University becomes the first in the SEC to receive the Tree Campus USA Designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

September 2009

Auburn University officials dedicate the Miller Writing Center.

November 2008

Auburn dedicates new Student Center.

Jay Gogue joins James E. Foy, Pat Dye, Johnny Green and Aubie at the Foy Information Desk during the dedication of the Student Center.
July 2008

Auburn offers the Southeast’s first automotive engineering and manufacturing curriculum.

April 2008

Auburn University formally installs President Jay Gogue as the 18th president.

Auburn University formally installs President Jay Gogue as the 18th president.
February 2008

China recognizes Auburn’s fisheries program as the best in the world.

January 2008

Scholarship funding surges 25 percent to a record $18.5 million.

October 2007

Auburn launches AU Alert emergency notification system.

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August 2007

Auburn’s transit system goes green by switching from regular diesel fuel to biodiesel, a cleaner burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Auburn is the first university in the state to make the switch.

Tiger Transit buses lined up.
July 2007

Auburn exceeds $500 million “It Begins at Auburn” campaign goal nine months early.

Jay Gogue begins his tenure as Auburn’s 18th president.