Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn’s founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name was changed again, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. Today Auburn enrolls nearly 30,000 students in over 140 programs of study. The City of Auburn is a small, friendly university town in the rolling hills of east central Alabama, with a population around 60,000.

The Position


Reporting to the director, AA/EEO and Title IX coordinator, the assistant director, AA/EEO and deputy Title IX coordinator assists in providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the AA/EEO and Title IX office and serves as an independent resource for both complainants and respondents in the Title IX investigative process. The assistant director serves as the University’s sexual misconduct officer and conducts the intake assessment and response to reports of sexual misconduct, as well as overseeing the processing of all complaint investigations, adjudication, and resolution; facilitates appropriate accommodations, support services, and other interim or protective measures as needed; and drafts a Notice of Outcome, including findings, rationale, and sanctions, and forwards to the Title IX coordinator for final approval and issuance. The assistant director provides daily oversight for the management of the AA/EEO office; prepares performance evaluations for professional and administrative employees; assists the Title IX coordinator with the monitoring of full compliance with procedural requirements, record-keeping, and timeframes outlined in applicable departmental policies; and provides timely updates to the director regarding ongoing sexual misconduct issues and any changes in federal/state laws and regulations. The assistant director also develops and administers the University’s comprehensive education and training efforts related to sexual misconduct, providing a robust array of programs, workshops, and other opportunities aimed at the prevention of gender-based discrimination/harassment and gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The assistant director supervises a staff of six full-time employees.


The assistant director, AA/EEO and deputy Title IX coordinator is a newly created position in an effort to support the increasing workload of the Title IX coordinator and the AA/EEO and Title IX Department at Auburn University.


The assistant director, AA/EEO and deputy Title IX coordinator must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to Title IX policy, practice, implementation, advocacy, and reporting requirements. The assistant director should be a leader capable of managing crises and complex situations, unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of students and staff, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a large and growing institution.

It will be vital to identify a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop the staff/team, assist in setting departmental priorities, and work in tandem with the director/Title IX coordinator to progressively, innovatively, and comprehensively move the program forward. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new assistant director, AA/EEO and deputy Title IX coordinator at Auburn University:

  • The scope of responsibilities of the AA/EEO and Title IX Office is both deep and wide, and the new assistant director will need to quickly become familiar with all responsibilities within their purview to develop a comprehensive list of priorities. Included in those responsibilities are assisting with prevention, advocacy, and compliance, as well as carrying a case load and developing training and educational materials, so the assistant director will need to work closely with the director/Title IX coordinator to assess and prioritize their work structure. Upon arrival, the assistant director should expect a fast pace and a vibrant environment in which to work; subsequently, the individual should expect to learn the position, develop a plan, and begin implementation just as quickly.
  • Although this position is new, it will serve as the “second-in-command” for the department, serving in place of the director/Title IX coordinator when required and as part of the overall leadership structure of the department. As a new leadership position, there will be an outstanding opportunity for this individual to put their own professional mark on the program and assist in charting a bold course forward for the department. Creativity, best practices, and innovation will be supported, encouraged, and expected, while also creating a fair, safe, and comfortable environment for all constituents utilizing the services of the AA/EEO and Title IX office. Additionally, with a relatively new Title IX process in place for investigations, adjudication, and resolution, the “fresh eyes” of this new individual will provide ample opportunity to enhance and evolve this system according to industry trends and new research in the field.
  • The responsibilities of this position include developing and evaluating staff in the AA/EEO and Title IX Office, and the current staff members are extremely committed to the vision of a strong and supportive team providing the best possible experience to the Auburn community. The staff works hard and the new assistant director should make it a priority to quickly get to know the staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence across the board, ascertain and understand the various responsibilities they perform and roles they play, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support for all staff and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team. There will be two new investigators added to the team in the near future, so integrating these individuals into the team will be a top priority once on board.
  • Technology is an important tool in the AA/EEO/Title IX process, and the new assistant director should be familiar with current technology and technical trends, and work diligently to continually improve the digital record-keeping to ensure the confidentiality and security of all information related to the process. It will also be important to effectively use varied types of technology to ensure all communication, marketing, training, and education efforts reach the widest possible audience.
  • It will be essential that the new assistant director commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. Auburn is committed to building relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The AA/EEO and Title IX Office touches a vast number of entities, including students, faculty, administration, and departments, so it will be crucial that the new assistant director quickly reach out across each of these areas to build strong relationships that foster ongoing, positive interactions and act as a “connector” in all instances. These connections are absolutely essential to assess the real needs of constituents, provide exceptional programs and training opportunities for the campus community, and ensure that all parties receive fair and unbiased attention at all times.
  • Educational programs and sexual assault prevention training opportunities are an integral responsibility of the assistant director, so this individual will need to conduct an assessment of the education and training opportunities currently offered and subsequently develop a strategic plan for strengthening the current offerings. The new assistant director will also develop new opportunities for the campus community, utilizing the assessment data and current best practices in the Title IX field as bases. These programs provide an excellent opportunity for the assistant director to become known on campus and to further develop collaborative relationships with those departments and individuals with whom the Title IX coordinator has already connected (as well as new partnerships that present themselves).
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the Auburn community, and the assistant director should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a large number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the AA/EEO and Title IX Office should be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased, supportive environment at all times.
  • With the new Department of Education and Civil Rights mandates being released soon, there is an ongoing measure of uncertainty (with legal implications) for the AA/EEO and Title IX Office in terms of its effect on the current policy and procedure. The new assistant director should remain abreast of the current state of federal legislation and be prepared to integrate any new mandates into Auburn’s current structure.
  • Across the board, stakeholders reiterated that they enjoyed working at Auburn, are very supportive of each other, feel much camaraderie in “the Auburn Family,” and believe that there are many opportunities for someone to make a big difference in the assistant director role. Stakeholders were also very enthusiastic about living in and around the town of Auburn, as there is a vast array of outdoor activities available, a new performance arts center opening in September 2019, a vibrant recreational and college sports presence, an extremely strong public school system, and many activities that appeal to both individuals and families in a college town setting.


At an appropriate interval after joining Auburn University, the items listed below will initially define success for the new assistant director/deputy Title IX coordinator.

  • Strong relationships, partnerships, and trust have been established across a wide array of campus and external stakeholders.
  • The current Title IX policies and procedures have been thoroughly assessed and a plan is in progress to update these policies/procedures as necessary.
  • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Task Force, a 15-person governing body, is meeting regularly, coordinating training, and providing resources to the campus community.
  • Decisions emanating from this office are seen as fair and equitable (even when those decisions are not always popular).
  • A solid array of educational programs and training opportunities have been developed and implemented.
  • As much as is appropriate, the Title IX policies, process, procedures, and communications are frequent, transparent, and readily available.
  • The assistant director/deputy Title IX coordinator, functioning as the “second-in-command” in the AA/EEO and Title IX Office, easily and effectively steps in on behalf of the director when she is unavailable.
  • Climate surveys show an improved student attitude toward the services, they feel they are being heard and respected, they have confidence in the office, the process is viewed as seamless and highly responsive, and they feel comfortable visiting or sending a friend or colleague to the Title IX Office.
  • Marketing for AA/EEO and Title IX is professionally, innovatively, and frequently communicated.


A master’s degree in Education, Human Resources, Business Administration, Business Management, or related field, or Juris Doctorate and at least five years of experience investigating and resolving discrimination complaints in a college/university or governmental setting are required, with at least one year of management experience. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership, personnel management, and investigatory skills, demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable state and federal laws and regulations (specifically Title IX, as well as Titles VI and VII), proven knowledge of the complexities surrounding sexual misconduct, and an understanding and sensitivity to the effects of trauma. Strong interpersonal and communication skills; dynamic presentation, facilitation, education and training abilities; expertise in problem-solving and conflict-resolution; and sophisticated project management, organizational, and analytical skills will also be important considerations in the selection of the new assistant director.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • a progressive background in Title IX or other non-discriminatory work environments, particularly within a higher education setting highly preferred;
  • familiarity with Title IX, civil rights, equal opportunity, and other compliance law;
  • strong managerial, organizational, and administrative skills, with the ability to represent the director/coordinator and the department when necessary;
  • similarly, strong leadership, supervision, and organizational development abilities that inspire and develop staff, providing professional and personal development opportunities and promoting unity and teamwork throughout the AA/EEO and Title IX Office;
  • demonstrated investigative skills in an AA/EEO/Title IX setting or legal environment;
  • a background in trauma-informed sexual assault response;
  • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
  • an excellent and transparent communicator with robust public relations skills and the ability to reach all levels of the University, including students, faculty, alumni, and upper level administration;
  • demonstrated strong writing skills;
  • solid interpersonal skills, an approachable demeanor, an easy conversationalist, and an active listener;
  • excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
  • compassion and empathy for all constituents;
  • an understanding of the importance of process in the area of Title IX, keen attention to all the details of the process, and consistency at all times;
  • strong presentation and training skills;
  • unquestioned integrity, with the ability to remain fair and unbiased at all times;
  • a strong multitasker with the ability to prioritize effectively;
  • enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, a positive attitude even in the face of adversity, a personable and approachable demeanor, charisma, and the ability to have fun on the job, even though the subject matter can be heavy;
  • an innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
  • strong interview skills in relation to investigations;
  • experience in diplomacy, political savviness, and mediation, as well as the ability to develop consensus around difficult issues;
  • robust assessment skills and the ability to bring metrics, data, and statistical analysis to bear on the AA/EEO and Title IX Office;
  • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility, along with a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • an understanding of social media and its implications on sexual misconduct and Title IX response processes;
  • flexibility and adaptability at all times;
  • experience with Maxient or other case management technology; and
  • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary, to conduct difficult conversations when pertinent, to listen to all sides of an issue, and to remain “cool under pressure” no matter the situation.


An Overview of the Office of Chief Operating Officer

Auburn University’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) oversees a range of operational and auxiliary services in an effort to streamline processes and improve management efficiencies. The COO reports to Office of the President.

The following units report to the Chief Operating Officer:

  • Vice President for Business and Finance and CFO
  • Associate Vice President Facilities Management
  • Airport
  • Air Transportation
  • AU Hotel and Dixon Conference Center*
  • Parking and Transit Services
  • Real Estate and Property Development
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability Operations
  • Trademark Management and Licensing
  • AA/EEO

Leadership of the Office of Chief Operating Officer

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess will oversee a range of Auburn University operational and auxiliary services in an effort to streamline processes and improve management efficiencies.

Burgess moved into the role of chief operating officer effective April 30, assuming many of the responsibilities previously held by executive vice president Don Large, who is retiring in June. Burgess has served as the university’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs since 2012.

University functions and offices reporting to Burgess include The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, the Auburn University Bookstore, property and facilities, trademark and licensing, surplus property, parking, sustainability, AA/EEO, and business and financial operations.

Burgess, a 1974 Auburn ROTC graduate, retired from the Army as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012. Throughout his 38-year Army career and in his role with Auburn, Burgess has continued to serve the U.S. intelligence community by providing leadership and strategic vision that contributes to safeguarding U.S. national security interests. He is also a former acting principal deputy director of National Intelligence.

The Auburn Alumni Association in 2013 honored Burgess with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he was inducted into the United States Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and, in 2016, was inducted into the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame.

He earned a Master of Science in education from the University of Southern California in 1980 and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1986. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from LaGrange College in 2015 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Stetson University in 2017.

Organizational Chart for Campus, Including Office of Chief Operating Officer

Institution & Location


Institutional Background

Auburn University is a comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant institution—among the few that hold that distinction—occupying more than 1,840 acres and helping to fulfill the dreams of nearly 25,000 students.

The university began, though, as the small, more humble East Alabama Male College, which was chartered in 1856 and opened its doors in 1859 as a private liberal arts institution.

From 1861 to 1866 the college was closed because of the Civil War. The college had begun an affiliation with the Methodist Church before the war. Dire financial straits forced the church to transfer legal control of the institution to the state in 1872, making it the first land-grant college in the South to be established separate from the state university. It thus became the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.

A land-grant college or university is an institution that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The original mission of these institutions, as set forth in the first Morrill Act, was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts, as well as classical studies, so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education.

Women were admitted in 1892, making Auburn the oldest four-year, coeducational school in the state and the second oldest in the Southeast. In 1899, the name was again changed to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. In 1960, the school officially acquired the name it has long been called and one more in keeping with its location, size, and mission—Auburn University. The institution has experienced its greatest growth since World War II, and now has more than 250,000 graduates.

Auburn University at Montgomery was established as a separately accredited campus in 1967. The institution has developed rapidly, especially since moving to a 500-acre campus east of Montgomery in 1971. Current enrollment at AUM is about 5,200.

About Auburn, Alabama

Auburn is a small, friendly university town in the rolling hills of east central Alabama, with a population of about 60,000. It is conveniently located along Interstate 85, less than 60 miles northeast of Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery; about 30 miles northwest of Columbus, Georgia; and 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Alabama’s Gulf Shores can be reached in less than four hours.

The City of Auburn and Auburn University share a special relationship, including partnerships such as the Yarbrough Tennis Center and the Auburn Research Park. The famed Toomer’s Corner not only marks the spot where the city and university intersect, but also serves as a widely popular place for the city and university communities to gather in celebration.

Auburn residents overwhelmingly rate the city as a great place to live, work, and raise children, but don’t just take their word for it. Forbes has consistently ranked Auburn on its lists for “Best Places to Retire” and “Best Small Places for Business and Careers.” Auburn city schools have consistently been ranked among the top public schools in the state and nation.

Opelika, Auburn’s sister city, is full of quaint charm and is rich in heritage. It is a vibrant small town with a high quality of life for its nearly 30,000 residents. It remains one of the few cities to provide low-cost electric power through a municipally-owned electric department.

Opelika is the county seat for Lee County, the eighth-largest county by population in Alabama. It is home to the Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center; a branch of Southern Union State Community College, one of 27 institutions in the Alabama Community College System; and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, host of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.

For more information about Auburn, AL, visit the Chamber of Commerce site at

Mission Statement

As a land-grant institution, Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research and scholarship, and selfless service.

Auburn University’s mission concisely describes our central purpose. Our mission statement begins with a reference to the university’s origins and obligations as a public land-grant university. The 1862 Morrill Act created institutions of higher education that focused on agriculture and mechanical arts—a response to changing social and economic conditions. Land-grant universities would provide practical solutions to pressing societal problems and provide higher education to a much broader segment of American citizenry. Land-grant universities would eventually serve as the creators of economic opportunity and development. As such, we must never lose sight of the important educational, research and service responsibilities inherent in our land-grant lineage. Subsequent to its founding as a land-grant university, Auburn has also been designated, through federal legislation, as a sea-grant and space-grant university.

Our first responsibility is to educate our students and prepare them for life. We endeavor to expand their minds, broaden their experiences, and hone their capabilities by imparting both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Our goal is to empower and inspire our students to be their very best and to achieve their hopes and dreams. A key element of our public charter and of the Auburn Creed is to ensure our students are instilled with a strong work ethic, sound character traits, and core values of honesty and respect. We encourage students to make valuable contributions and to lead their fellow citizens in creating meaningful change. This responsibility to build moral character and inculcate active social responsibility distinguishes the student experience at all land-grant universities and certainly at Auburn University.

Our second responsibility is to drive the development of research and scholarship that creates and advances knowledge. We support, build upon, and leverage the expertise of our faculty, students, and partners to discover, innovate, and create new science, new technologies, and new applications and methodologies that tangibly improve our world.

Our third responsibility, engagement and outreach, leverages the value of the first two elements. Our duty is to enable our students, graduates, faculty and partners to transform the fruits of our research and scholarship into products, methods, and services that meet our communities’ most pressing needs. Delivering real-world, practical solutions is what sets land-grant universities apart and is core to Auburn University’s foundation.

To be among the best land-grant universities, we must continue to excel in all three responsibilities. This requires leveraging the synergy found in the interchange of education, research, and service to maximize our impact on Alabama and the world.

Vision Statement

To lead and shape the future of higher education.

Our vision describes the aspiration for Auburn University 20 years in the future. It is deliberately intended to be lofty — realistic and ever-challenging while also bold and ambitious. It is a challenge to ourselves to achieve greatness. Our vision is an invitation to the Auburn Family and those who do not yet know Auburn University to join us in our quest to inspire, innovate, and transform.

Auburn University has established itself as an excellent comprehensive, public land-grant university. However, excellence is not enough. We aspire to become a world-renowned institution that excels in education, research, and service—and to become a model of higher education. We understand that higher education is on the precipice of change. We intend to lead and shape that change.

Our goals describe Auburn University’s highest priorities for the next five years. The accomplishment of these goals will best position our institution to achieve its 20-year vision.

Strategic Plan

The new Auburn University strategic plan, released in February, 2019, centers around six main goals including: An ‘Elevated Auburn Experience,’ ‘Transformative Research,’ ‘Impactful Service,’ ‘Exceptional and Engaged Faculty and Staff,’ ‘Strategic Enrollment,’ and ‘Operational Excellence.’

The summary goes on to mention how “implementation will involve the collective efforts of constituents across the entire University as we translate our goals and aspirations into actionable steps.”

Some of the specific goals outlined in the plan include increasing active learning environments, an expanded educational reach in Alabama’s lower income communities, and working to improve the college readiness of Alabama high schoolers.

The new strategic plan was developed over nine months with the input of a variety of leaders including students, administrators, and faculty.

View the full plan:


Dr. Jay Gogue – Trustees Recommended Interim President

Following the recent resignation of Steven Leath, the executive committee of Auburn University’s board of trustees have voted to recommend appointing Jay Gogue as interim president of the university. Members of the full board of trustees will consider the committee’s recommendation during a specially called meeting on July 8.

Gogue was Auburn University’s 18th president from 2007 until Steven Leath was hired in the summer of 2017.

Gogue graduated from Auburn in 1969 and 1971. Before returning to Auburn for the presidency in 2007, he served as president at New Mexico State University and the University of Houston.

Dr. Gogue began his career in higher education administration in 1986 as associate director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University, where he also served as vice president for research and vice president/vice provost for agriculture and natural resources. He also spent time as a research scientist with the National Park Service. He is a member of the board of the natural resources ecology section of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and he serves on the policy committee of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. In addition, he is a technical reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Department of the State – Man and the Biosphere Program and a certified accreditation reviewer for the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges. Dr. Gogue has experience leading large educational institutions. This leadership has involved development of strategic plans, operating under difficult budgetary constraints and balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders including students, faculty, alumni and state government. He served as chair of Eastern National until October 30, 2015 and serves as its director. Dr. Gogue has been an Independent Director at Delta Apparel Inc. since November 11, 2010. Dr. Gogue served as a director of Greater Houston Partnership, Inc. He is a member of 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. Previously, he served as an Accreditation Reviewer of Pacific Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. He has served on numerous boards of not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Gogue received bachelors and master’s degree in horticulture from the Auburn University and a doctorate in horticulture from the Michigan State University.

In an interview with the Opelika-Auburn News shortly before his retirement, Gogue said he “hit the ground listening” when he came back to the Plains in 2007, saying he took time to hear what students, faculty and other groups wanted before setting his own agenda.

During the decade Gogue served as Auburn’s president, graduation rates rose from 60 to 75 percent, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. A “Because This is Auburn” fundraising campaign made Auburn the first university in the state to raise $1 billion in a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

At a June 9, 2017, board meeting, the trustees unanimously voted to name the university’s new performing arts center after Gogue and his wife.

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open in August.

Dr. Bill Hardgrave – Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Bill Hardgrave began serving as Auburn University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in January, 2018. He served as dean of the Harbert College of Business from August 2010 through December 2017.

As the chief academic officer, Provost Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 12 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units, and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and tenure.

As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty, and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. Harbert and his wife, Kathryn, also contributed an additional $15 million in 2016 in support of a graduate business building that is expected to be completed in 2019.

While serving as dean, Hardgrave launched the Auburn University RFID (radio frequency identification) Lab, Geospatial Research and Applications Center, and the Center for Supply Chain Innovation. Hardgrave also oversaw the creation of new academic programs, including an initial Business Analytics undergraduate major, a PhD program in Finance, and an online MS in Finance. Under Hardgrave, the college received external validation of its academic programs, including Top 10 national rankings for the undergraduate Supply Chain Management program, the online MBA program, the online Master of Accountancy program, the online MS in Finance and the online MS in Information Systems.

Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Hardgrave held the Bradberry Chair in Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and served as the executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute, which he established in 1999. He also founded and directed the University’s RFID Research Center.

Hardgrave has published several books and more than 85 articles in leading journals such as MIS QuarterlyProduction and Operations ManagementJournal of Management Information Systems, and the European Journal of Information Systems. Hardgrave’s research has been cited in the Wall Street JournalCNNBusinessWeek, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, among others. In recognition for his contributions, Bill has received the Ted Williams Award from AIM Global as the most influential researcher in the field of RFID and the Special Achievement award from RFID Journal for his overall impact on the field. He is a highly sought after speaker – delivering almost 200 invited talks across the globe to a total audience in excess of 35,000.

Dr. Bobby Woodard – Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Bobby R. Woodard, PhD is the senior vice president for student affairs at Auburn University. Since June 2014 he has served as the university’s senior student affairs officer. He oversees 27 departments which directly serve more than 30,400 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Woodard and Student Affairs promote personal growth and development of Auburn University students by cultivating a supportive campus environment and engaging students through advanced learning and leadership opportunities.

Before joining Auburn University, Dr. Woodard held professional positions in student affairs at East Carolina University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Georgia. Most recently, he served as associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership at East Carolina University.

A native of Smithfield, North Carolina, Dr. Woodard received his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina University. After graduation, Dr. Woodard moved to Orlando, Florida, to further his education. While working as a middle school teacher in Orlando, he obtained his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. He then went on to the University of Georgia to pursue and receive a Doctorate of Philosophy in Student Affairs Administration.

Outside of Auburn, Dr. Woodard has been actively involved and held positions in professional organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, the Association for College Unions International, and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. Dr. Woodard and his wife, Summer, are active in local organizations and non-profits including the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with Summer and their daughter.

Academic Programs

Auburn has more than 140 majors from which students can choose. The schools and colleges at Auburn are the:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Architecture, Design and Construction
  • Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
  • College of Education
  • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Nursing
  • James Harrison School of Pharmacy
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University College
  • Honors College

The student-faculty ratio at Auburn University is 19:1, and 32.5 percent of the university’s classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Auburn University include business, management, marketing and related support services, engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, education, and health professions and related programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90 percent.

Faculty Profile

Faculty with terminal degree: 90%
Full-time faculty: 1,330
Minority faculty: 250
Student/faculty ratio: 19:1

The Student Body

Enrollment figures for the most recent complete academic year:

Total: 29,776
Undergraduate: 23,964
Graduate: 4,707
Professional: 1,105
Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Auburn University is committed to preparing students for today’s global economy. With over 800 international students, more than 500 AU students studying abroad, and a truly global faculty, AU provides its students and community with access to a world of opportunity.

Auburn students have more than 300 clubs and organizations to choose from. At Auburn, 21 percent of students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing, and 79 percent of students live off campus. Auburn’s athletic teams compete in the Southeastern Conference.

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Auburn University, you have the following benefits available to you:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Discounts


Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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