Auburn University President Jay Gogue announced his plans to retire on Friday, according to Opelika-Auburn News Jim Little.
The announcement came during the university’s board of trustees meeting on Friday.
“The time has come to start a search (for a new president),” Gogue said, per Little.
Gogue returned to Auburn in 2007 to serve as the university’s 18th president after earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in horticulture as a student.
He began is career at the U.S. Department of Interior before holding academic and administrative positions at Texas A&M, Clemson, Utah State, New Mexico State and University of Houston.
According to Little, a search committee will be formed and report back to the board in November.