AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following an internal search, the Offices of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost announce the appointment of Zhanjiang “John” Liu as Auburn University’s associate vice president for research and associate provost, effective Dec. 1.
“Dr. Liu has the experience, background and strong desire to assist faculty in seeking external sponsorship for their scholarly work across our campus,” said Vice President for Research and Economic Development John Mason. “His scholarly achievements and administrative leadership are an excellent fit for the position as we continue to strengthen the quality and visibility of our research programs.”
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.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University veterinary professor, department head and alumnus Dr. Calvin Johnson has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine after a national search, effective March 1, announced today by Dr. Timothy Boosinger, Auburn provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“He has done an excellent job as a department head and during his time as acting dean,” Boosinger said. “His record is outstanding. We are excited that he will be leading the college in the coming years.”
Johnson, head of the Department of Pathobiology, joined the Auburn faculty as a professor in 2003 and was named department head in 2005. His experience also includes 11 years at the University of Florida.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, a 38-year U.S. Army veteran who spent much of his career in the upper levels of military intelligence and security, will join Auburn University as senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs. His appointment begins Dec. 1.
A 1974 Auburn graduate, Burgess served as director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from 2009 until July 2012, prior to his retirement from the Army in September. At Auburn he will work in coordination with the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research, providing guidance, direction and support to a broad range of interdisciplinary research initiatives.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Kimberly Frazier has been named the assistant vice president for student affairs at Auburn University. In her new role, Frazier will oversee Student Counseling Services, Campus Recreation, Health Promotion and Wellness Services and the Medical Clinic.
With more than 20 years of higher education experience in academic and student affairs, Frazier has worked with residence life and student activities, specifically, in leadership, orientation, Greek life, student media and multicultural affairs. In her previous roles, she has collaborated with others in a range of programs including health promotion and wellness, student recreation, counseling, disability and community service and enrollment management.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Doug Warrington has been named the director of business development in the Office of Technology Transfer at Auburn University, effective June 25.
Warrington has a broad business development background, having held management and executive positions for several large and small biotechnology companies across the country in markets from software to agriculture. He has a technical background with an undergraduate degree in agriculture from the University of Delaware as well as a business background with an Executive MBA from Auburn University. His experience working with start-up ventures has honed his strategic planning skills and ability to develop complex business strategies.