Jay Gogue
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Jay Gogue

George Jay Gogue (born 1947) is an American educator and current interim President of Auburn University, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in July 2017 and again in 2019.[1][2]


Jay Gogue was born in Waycross, Georgia, U.S.[1][3][4] He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in 1969, and a Master's degree in 1971.[1][2][3][4] In 1973, he received a PhD in horticulture from Michigan State University.[1][2][3][4]

From 1973 to 1976, he worked for the National Park Service.[1][2] He also worked as a U.S. army reserve officer.[4] In 1986, he was appointed as Associate Director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University in South Carolina.[1][3] He also served as Vice-President for Research and Vice-President/Vice-Provost for Agriculture and Natural Resources at Clemson from 1988 to 1995.[1][2][3][4] From 1995 to 2000, he served as Provost of Utah State University.[1][2][3][4] He served as President of New Mexico State University from 2000 to 2003.[1][2][3][4] He also served a dual role as chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston from 2003 to 2007.[1] From 2007 to July 2017, he served as President of Auburn University.[1][2]

Gogue's annual salary in 2013 was $2.5 million, making him the second-highest paid president of a public college in America.[5]

In October 2012 Gogue was elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor by its members. The Academy is Alabama's highest honor.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Auburn biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Business Week
  3. ^ a b c d e f g New Mexico State University
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Advisors
  5. ^ "Auburn University explains Gogue's annual salary". OANow.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Jay Gogue". Alabama Academy of Honor. October 2012. Retrieved 2015.

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