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Auburn dean lone remaining finalist for presidency

January 14, 2022 GMT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The engineering dean at Auburn University is the lone remaining finalist to become president after two other candidates refused to visit campus unless they were guaranteed the job, the school said Friday.

Chris Roberts, who was named dean of engineering in 2012, will meet with members of the university community next week as he is considered to succeed Jay Gogue, said a public letter from Wayne Smith, trustee and executive committee chair. In June, Gogue announced his intent to retire.

Two other candidates, expressing confidentiality concerns for their careers, refused to visit campus “unless they knew they would be selected as president,” the letter said. Both of those finalists, whose names were not released, were eliminated from contention, the university said.

Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1990 and advanced degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He began his career at Auburn in 1994 as an assistant professor in chemical engineering and became department chair in 2003 before being named dean.