Roberts begins term as Auburn’s 21st president

Former dean of engineering follows Gogue

Christopher B. Roberts has taken the helm as Auburn University’s 21st president.

Christopher B. Roberts, former dean of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has officially become Auburn’s 21st president.

Roberts was unanimously approved by the board of trustees in February to replace Jay Gogue, who recently retired after serving two separate terms as president.

“In my 28 years on the Plains, I’ve come to value and cherish everything that makes the Auburn experience truly remarkable and distinctive,” Roberts said. “I’ve developed a deep appreciation for our unique culture and how to achieve ambitious goals here at Auburn. Through our successes, we’ve earned the right to dream the biggest dreams, and we will strive to be nothing short of excellent in all areas of our land-grant mission.”

Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1990, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He began his career at Auburn in 1994 and was named dean of engineering in 2012.

Roberts says maintaining Auburn’s student-centered experience is goal No. 1.

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“It is critical that we continue to attract high-achieving students while enhancing access and affordability,” he said. “This is particularly important given our land-grant mission and our commitment to the citizens we serve.”

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