Auburn hires Allen Greene as new athletic director

Auburn has announced Allen Greene as its new athletic director on Thursday.

Greene, 40, has been serving in the same role at the University of Buffalo since 2015. If his hiring is approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees, he will replace Jay Jacobs, who announced in November that he would step down in June or earlier if a successor was found.

"Allen kicks off the next exciting chapter for Auburn Athletics," Auburn president Steven Leath said in a statement. "In our interviews and due diligence learning all we could about him, it became overwhelmingly clear that Allen has the right combination of leadership, enthusiasm, experience and management to lead Auburn Athletics to success well into the future."

Greene worked at the University of Mississippi before leaving for Buffalo in 2012. According to Buffalo's athletics website, Greene was a three-year starter for Notre Dame's baseball team before being drafted by the New York Yankees in the ninth round. He played three seasons in the Yankees' minor league system.

According to Al.com, he will be the third African-American athletic director in SEC history.

"Serving Auburn University as Director of Athletics is a tremendous honor and an awesome responsibility," Greene said in the statement. "Time-honored traditions have helped create a culture of success at Auburn that is incredibly rare."