MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - From AUM Strategic Communications and Marketing:
At the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Friday, Aug. 28, Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor John G. Veres III announced to faculty and staff his plans to retire near the end of the current academic year.
"John has been a dedicated leader at Auburn Montgomery and a valued member of the greater Auburn family," said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. "He has helped AUM grow as a collaborator and resource in Montgomery, the River Region, and the state. We are appreciative of his service and wish him the best."
Under Veres' leadership, the university has undertaken the development and implementation of several major strategic initiatives to grow AUM and its recognition as a provider of quality higher education and continuing education, as well as services for local and state businesses and government.
"I am proud to be the first alumnus of Auburn Montgomery to lead our university.It has been an honor to serve as chancellor and a great privilege to work with the excellent faculty and staff members at AUM," said Veres. "I shall miss the daily interaction with students, faculty and staff, but I am looking forward to watching AUM continue to grow and serve the citizens of Alabama and beyond."
Among the university's successes under Veres' leadership is its recent academic transformation and expansion. The university underwent a major academic reorganization in 2015, creating two new colleges, the College of Public Policy and Justice and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and realigning two schools to form the newly combined College of Arts and Sciences.
Another initiative under Veres' leadership has been the internationalization of campus. Last fall, Auburn Montgomery enrolled 229 international students from 37 countries, and ongoing programs with universities in Wuhan and Changsha, China, are scheduled to bring approximately 100 students to Montgomery in Fall 2016, allowing them to complete their senior years and degrees on the AUM campus. These programs enhance opportunities for international students and enable new cultural experiences and the resulting benefits for all students interacting in AUM's more diverse environment.
Veres' time at AUM has been marked by the strong connection he forged between the university and the community. Long before becoming chancellor, as the developer of University Outreach's strong consulting and applied research unit, Veres became a valuable and active member of economic development initiatives, partnerships and advisory groups among businesses and government in the state, particularly in the River Region. As chancellor, he brought to the university that same collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit and keen appreciation of the place Auburn Montgomery holds in the community to find new ways to deepen that relationship and to increase the university's contributions as a resource and partner.
Veres has demonstrated a strong commitment to connecting with students and improving their experience. This has led to many changes to the campus's physical profile, including the additions of the AUM Wellness Center, Warhawk Hall (a student residence), a new softball complex, the Grove (an outdoor gathering area), the Confucius Garden, fitness trails and a new residence hall now under construction. It also has resulted in the creation of many new exciting student traditions that will be in place long after Veres has left his post.