Auburn President Gogue to speak at Tuskegee summer commencement


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 1, 2011) — Nearly 50 students will graduate from Tuskegee University on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. in the University Chapel. According to the Office of the Registrar, degrees conferred include the Master of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.  

The speaker for the occasion will be Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University. He began his tenure at the helm of the institution on July 16, 2007. The Waycross, Ga., native is a two-time Auburn graduate in horticulture, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's in 1971. In 1973, he earned a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University.


Gogue has served as president of New Mexico State University (2000) and president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System (2003).


Gogue worked for the National Park Service from 1973 to 1986, rising to the position of chief administrative scientist for several regions of the U.S. Park system. He began his distinguished career in higher education administration in 1986 as associate director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University, where he also served as vice president for research and vice president/vice provost for agriculture and natural resources. Utah State University selected Gogue as provost in 1995.


He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Sigma Xi scientific research society and the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, the honorary military society for all branches of service. Gogue previously served as an accreditation reviewer for the Pacific Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.


Doors to the Chapel will open at 8 a.m. There will be open seating admission.


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