Johnny Green Named AVP for Student Affairs

Auburn University Associate Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, Bobby Woodard, has named Johnny Green Assistant Vice President of Outreach for the Division of Student Affairs, effective Feb.1.

“We are excited about the experience and knowledge that Dr. Green will bring to the Division,” said Woodard. “We look forward to his leadership in helping Auburn University move forward with initiatives that will benefit our students and campus.”24597357311_dd19f66688_o

As assistant vice president for outreach in Student Affairs, Green will serve as a liaison to many groups, including local ministry groups that interact with students, civic groups and off campus partners, and will establish direct relationships and contacts with local government officials on behalf of students.

Green currently serves as the director of the Veterans Resource Center. His previous appointments include assistant professor of political science, as director of Auburn University’s Center for Diversity and Race Relations, vice president for Access, Outreach and Community Initiatives, Dean of Students and as a development officer.

Green will be responsible for assisting with, facilitating and leading contract negotiations regarding programming and services as the division’s representative, in addition to working closely with Woodard to provide the leadership, vision and develop new programs based on student’s needs.

“I am so excited to join the Student Affairs team once again,” said Green. “This new position will allow me the opportunity to do something that I love—to reconnect with and work on behalf of Auburn men and women. I have been privileged to work with veteran students over the more recent past, but this opportunity will allow me to engage students more broadly.”

Green received his undergraduate, MPA, MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Auburn University.

Annual Report 2014-2015


CoverStudents Affairs released this year’s Annual Report in November. The document covers stories and information from fall 2014 – fall 2015. To request a copy of the annual report, please call 334-844-1304, or to view it online please click the image to the right.

President’s Message on Diversity

Dear Auburn students, faculty & staff:

Several positive developments have taken place since my recent message about diversity and inclusion. Based on feedback I’ve received from across campus, I want to provide a brief update before we break for the holidays.gogue_main090605

First, we’re strengthening the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. More details will come soon, but the changes will elevate this office to a more central role in the life of Auburn and put our institution in a better position to facilitate a campus environment that maximizes learning and the common good.

Second, we’re taking concrete steps to hear concerns and ideas from the campus community. The Provost’s office has assembled a steering committee that will begin a climate study on diversity and inclusion beginning spring semester. Members of the committee will look at a range of issues, including how we recruit and retain underrepresented students and faculty, build cultural competency and uphold a culture of respect. After hearing from campus, the group will offer specific recommendations.

The committee’s success depends on your participation. I encourage you to share your perspectives and experiences through upcoming listening sessions, interviews, surveys and forums. Please look for more information in coming weeks.

Intuitively, we know that diversity increases creativity and generation of new ideas, which is at the heart of our educational mission. I look forward to keeping you updated and moving forward together.

All the best for the holiday season.

Jay Gogue

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Auburn University staff members recently participated in QPR, or Question, Persuade, and Refer, training for suicide prevention. QPR training teaches groups on how to properly intervene when they become aware of the signs or signals that someone is considering suicide, with a goal of identifying high-risk individuals without them having to ask for help.

“We don’t want to believe that there are members of the Auburn Family that contemplate suicide, but they do,” said Dr. Doug Hankes, director of Student Counseling Services. “It’s critical that we reach out to those family members and get them the help that they need.”

Mary Chandler Bolin, director of Student Counseling at the University of Kentucky and a master QPR trainer, implemented Auburn’s training, which included 28 university faculty and staff from every college and school.

“Question, Persuade, and Refer training is important because it could mean the difference in someone choosing suicide or getting referred for help,” said Eric Smith, director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services. “Since we are not able to predict when and where someone will exhibit a suicidal ideation, we are more prepared to respond effectively as QPR trained gatekeepers and potentially prevent a suicide attempt.”

QPR training focuses on the gatekeepers, which on Auburn’s campus can include faculty, academic advisors, law enforcement, public safety staff, supervisors, residence advisers, graduate assistants, advisers of student organizations and more.

According to the training, the greater the percentage of members in any given community who are trained to recognize warning signs and refer those individuals to the proper resources, the fewer suicide related events should occur. Research shows that prior to making an attempt, 90 percent of people in a suicidal crisis give some kind of warning of their crisis or intent to those around them, and the person most likely to prevent someone from taking their own life is someone they already know.

The Concessions Board, chaired by Charlie Hendrix, professor of pathobiology, funded the training, which was co-sponsored by Health Promotion and Wellness Services and Student Counseling Services. To request QPR training for your department or office, send a request to

Haven Hart named AVP, Student Development

Haven Hart has been named the assistant vice president for Student Development in the Division of Student Affairs at Auburn University.  She will oversee Greek Life, Health Promotion and Wellness Services, Case Management and Student Advocacy, and Student Conduct.

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Since January 2014, Hart served as the Director of Student Conduct overseeing student conduct, case management and the division’s Critical Incident Response Team.  In this role, she served on the university’s Threat Assessment Team and the Sexual Assault Response Team. Prior to her position in student conduct, Hart was the Student Employment Coordinator in the university’s Career Center from 2012-2014.

Hart has more than 25 years of experience in student affairs administration.  In addition to her positions at Auburn, she served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Coastal Carolina University, Dean of Students at Converse College and Assistant Director of Student Life at the University of Alabama. During her time as a higher education professional, she has provided oversight for Greek Life, Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, Multicultural Student Services, Student Activities, Leadership Programs, Student Conduct, Student Government Association, Critical Incident/Students at Risk initiatives, Off Campus Student Services, Volunteer Services, Orientation, Parent Programs and Athletics.

Hart holds a M.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counseling and a BA in Secondary Education from Clemson University.  She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Higher Education Administration at Auburn University.

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training

As part of Auburn University’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence from occurring on campus, 44 faculty, staff and students are attending a campus-based training this week on the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program.

The goal of the program is to permanently reduce interpersonal violence by training faculty, staff and students in bystander intervention as well as how to integrate bystander intervention strategies into trainings, action events and use bystander intervention in everyday work. The Green Dot program has been shown to reduce sexual violence on college campuses by 50 percent. A more detailed overview can be found here.

Throughout the training, participants learn how to mobilize bystanders in proactive and reactive behaviors that interrupt acts of violence. The training intentionally invites participants to reconsider their role in prevention and inspires them that, even small acts that interrupt interpersonal violence matter. Proactive behaviors referred to as “Green Dots” combat “Red Dots” or acts of violence. Engaging the entire campus population in bystander intervention strengthens the culture that interpersonal violence will not be tolerated if everyone does their part.

For more information or to learn about ways to become involved in the program, contact the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness Services at (334) 844-1528 or

Lady Cox announced as AVP for Engagement

The Division of Student Affairs at Auburn University has named Lady Cox as the assistant vice president for engagement. In her new role, Cox will oversee the Student Center, Student Involvement, Student Media and Parent and Family Programs. She will also continue to be a deputy Title IX coordinator for the university.LadyCox

Since November 2013, Cox has served as the interim assistant vice president for student affairs, in which she oversaw the Student Center, Greek Life, Parent and Family Programs, Student Involvement, Student Conduct and Health Promotion and Wellness Services. Before stepping in as interim assistant vice president, she served as chief of staff, managing accounting, human resources, marketing and parent programs for the Division of Student Affairs.

Prior to joining the staff at Auburn, Cox was the director of parent and student services in the Dean of Students Office at Mississippi State University. While at MSU, she also worked in the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

A native of Starkville, Mississippi, Lady earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Mississippi State. She also has a master’s degree in higher education with an emphasis in student affairs from Auburn University.