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Greene stepping down as Auburn director of athletics

Allen Greene speaks at the introduction of Johnnie Harris the new Auburn Women's Basketball coach on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Auburn, Ala.
Allen Greene speaks at the introduction of Johnnie Harris the new Auburn Women's Basketball coach on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn athletics director Allen Greene is stepping down as athletics director after four-and-a-half years. 

When President Dr. Christopher Roberts officially began his tenure at Auburn in May 2022,  a primary goal on the athletics side was the extension of Greene’s five-year contact, which was set to expire in January. He will be departing the program to pursue professional interests elsewhere. 

“The decision to step away from Auburn Athletics is not an easy one, but it is the right time for me to begin the next step in my professional journey,” Greene said. “I am very proud of the work that we have done together to move our athletics program forward. Christy and I want to thank the Auburn Family for allowing us to be a part of something truly unique and I wish Auburn nothing but the best in the years ahead. I’m confident we leave Auburn Athletics stronger than when we arrived.”

During Greene’s time at Auburn, he facilitated the hiring of head football coach Bryan Harsin, a major contract extension for head basketball coach Bruce Pearl and has seen the induction of Name, Image and Likeness legislation in the college athletics sphere. 

He saw the four largest donations in Auburn athletics history and during his tenure, the university’s cumulative student-athlete grade point average rose from 3.19 to 3.25. 

“Allen arrived on The Plains with vision, passion and experience to elevate Auburn Athletics to the next level,” Roberts said. “In the brief time that I have worked alongside Allen as president, he has proven to be an asset to Auburn, enhancing our athletics programs and facilities, and has been dedicated to our student-athletes, to integrity and to our University. We’re grateful for his commitment and contributions to Auburn..We wish Allen, Christy and their children all the best as they embark on a new chapter."

As of today, Roberts has named Auburn Athletics Chief Operating Officer Marcy Girton as acting athletics director. University leadership are set to convene and appoint an interim director as a search is conducted for Greene’s replacement. 


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