Auburn, ALA. (EETV) - Wayne Smith, Trustee and Executive Committee Chairperson of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, sent an update on the Presidential Search to the Auburn family.

According to Smith, following the announcement of the search over the summer, there were eight listening sessions held to collect thoughts and opinions about Auburn's next leader. The feedback was essential in crafting the position description.

After the posting of the position, more than 60 individuals had applied for the Auburn presidency. Right before the holidays, this pool was narrowed down to 15 promising candidates.

After an intensive round of interviews, the top 5 most favored individuals were passed to the Board of Trustees. From here, there were three individuals who were decided to be in the running for the position. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee asked these three candidates if they would be willing to come to campus for the Auburn family to assess their match for the position. Out of the three, only one agreed to come without knowing the outcome of this process.

"I am excited to announce today that I have asked the Office of the Board of Trustees to coordinate a campus visit for Dean Chris Roberts of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University," said Wayne Smith. "The visit will take place in Auburn and Montgomery, on Jan. 20 and 21 and will include public meetings with many Auburn constituencies. In the coming days, we will communicate Dr. Roberts' schedule with you."

Let us all welcome Dr. Roberts (pictured above) onto the campus during his visit.