Auburn University Hires Development VP in Restructure

Auburn University is combining its offices of alumni affairs, development, and communications and marketing, and they’ve hired a senior vice president to lead it.

John Morris, senior vice president for development with the Kansas State University Foundation since 2016, will become Auburn’s first senior vice president for advancement on March 8.

“Moving to the advancement model is a major step forward for Auburn,” President Jay Gogue said. “John is a seasoned advancement professional whose ability to create and execute strategic alignment among diverse teams has realized tremendous success at the institutions he has served. The combination of his experience, passion and entrepreneurial spirit will generate tangible results crucial for Auburn’s future.”

As senior vice president for advancement, Morris will serve on the president’s cabinet and senior leadership team.

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Auburn family,” said Morris, who received his bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and master’s from Illinois State University. “Auburn is one of the few universities in the world with a soul. It’s so much more than a place where students go to learn. Auburn is a passion and a lifelong commitment, and its values are our values.”

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