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Out with the new, in with the old: Gogue recommended as Auburn interim president

Jay Gogue, who served as Auburn University’s 18th president from 2007-2017, has officially been recommended to take over from his successor, Dr. Steven Leath, on an interim basis.

According to a statement, the executive committee of the Auburn board of trustees on Sunday convened via teleconference and voted to formally accept the resignation of Leath as the institution’s president.

Leath’s effective resignation date was affirmed as Friday, June 21, the day he and the board of trustees’ presidential assessment working group “mutually decided to part ways after extensive discussions about the university’s leadership.”

The executive committee on Sunday also voted to recommend Gogue for the position of interim university president. The full membership of the board of trustees will consider the executive committee’s recommendation during a specially-called meeting on July 8.

Having taken office on June 19, 2017, Leath served just over two years as Auburn’s 19th president.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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