Auburn University launches search for new associate provost and vice president for student affairs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Norman Godwin, associate dean for academic affairs in the Harbert College of Business, will chair a search committee to identify Auburn University’s new associate provost and vice president for student affairs.

The position becomes vacant July 26 when Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry, who came to Auburn in June 2009, departs for the University of Southern California. Auburn President Jay Gogue has appointed Jon Waggoner to serve as interim vice president for student affairs while the national search is conducted.

“Jon will use his student leadership experience and business acumen to ensure we have a seamless transition,” said Gogue.

Waggoner, who will not be a candidate for the permanent position, is an Auburn graduate who served in a number of leadership roles as a student, including Student Government Association president. He is an attorney in Auburn’s legal office overseeing corporate transactions and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Accountancy. Waggoner also advises the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen and speaks to campus groups about leadership, diversity and student involvement.

“Auburn has perhaps the best campus experience in the nation, and I’m excited to do my part supporting and encouraging students as the search is conducted,” said Waggoner.

Members of the search committee will represent stakeholders and campus governance groups, including students, deans, faculty and staff.

Gogue expects to name someone to the new position prior to the fall 2014 semester.

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