AUBURN UNIVERSITY – After a nationwide search, Auburn University President Jay Gogue has named Bobby Woodard associate provost and vice president for student affairs. Woodard comes to Auburn from East Carolina University, where he served as associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership.
“Under Bobby’s leadership, we look forward to vibrant, robust programs and services that promote students’ personal growth and development,” Gogue said.
Woodard, who will begin his new position Aug. 4, has more than 15 years of experience as a student affairs director and educator and has managed a variety of student affairs units.
As the university’s senior student affairs officer, Woodard will provide support and advisement to enrich the Auburn student experience and promote student success. His areas of responsibility will include 12 departments, where he will lead more than 100 full-time employees who serve more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
“Every student, administrator, trustee and faculty member I have met possesses a sense of pride for this school that is contagious,” said Woodard. “I am extremely excited for this opportunity and look forward to having my family join the Auburn Family.”
Woodard holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from East Carolina University. He obtained his master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of Central Florida and his doctorate of philosophy in student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.
“Auburn University has a passion for student success, a passion for knowledge and a passion for excellence,” said Woodard. “As vice president for student affairs, I hope to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing society, while preserving the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.”
In addition to his experience as an administrator, Woodard has held numerous leadership positions in the Southern Association for College Student Affairs, the Association of College Unions International, the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has been recognized by multiple organizations for his service to students and in the profession of student affairs.
Woodard and his wife, Summer, are active in local nonprofits such as the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity and have one daughter, Raeleigh.
(Written by Chelsea Payne.)