AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University president Steven Leath says the school won’t delay in finding a replacement for outgoing athletic director Jay Jacobs.
Leath said Friday morning at the university’s Board of Trustees meeting that the school will move “fairly quickly” in replacing Jacobs. An announcement on a search committee should come some time next week.
“We’re going to move fairly quickly in replacing AD Jacobs,” Leath said. “We’re in the process of formulating a search committee and the process of laying out a strategic plan of hiring a new athletics director and identifying those people that will have major roles. That will be announced early next week or late next week, as soon as we can get it together.”
Jacobs announced last week he would step down by June 1, 2018, or whenever the school hired his replacement.
An Auburn spokesperson told reporters that the school would most likely use a search firm in what was called a “national” search for a new athletic director.
Jacobs will stay at Auburn in an athletic director emeritus role, similar to the one held by former athletic director David Housel. According to the Auburn spokesperson, Jacobs is planning to stay involved with Auburn, even after the new athletic director is hired.
Leath has stressed the importance of moving quickly with his hires. The former Iowa State president, who is still in his first year at Auburn, formally named a new university provost Friday after a little more than 60 days — much shorter than originally planned.
“But as soon as we can get it formalized, we’ll announce it,” Leath said. “The point of this is that we’re going to move quickly.”
Auburn athletics facilities news
Auburn’s board of trustees approved several athletic department facilities projects Friday, including phase one of renovations for the equestrian team.
The board also approved the selection of architects for development centers at Plainsman Park (baseball) and Jane B. Moore Field (softball), as well as locker room improvements at Auburn Arena (men’s and women’s basketball).
Although Leath removed the plans to add a video scoreboard to the north end zone in Jordan-Hare Stadium from the Friday agenda, Auburn moved forward with a $3 million plan to renovate the restrooms in the stadium. That project is scheduled to be completed before the 2018 football season.