Auburn officially introduces new athletic director

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Auburn's newly appointed athletic director took to the podium for the first time as the man in charge Friday.

Many were waiting to hear Allen Greene's vision for the future of sports on the plains.

 "Broadly speaking, the vision will be to raise the national profile of Auburn University and lock steps with president Leath," Greene said. "We want to make sure we develop our young people, and we want to make sure that we have athletic success."

Those are three goals any school would appreciate.  Even though he comes from the University of Buffalo, Greene's no stranger to SEC country. He spent time at Ole Miss in their athletic department, which gives him some insight into the expectations at Auburn.

"The passion of the fans is undeniable and that drives people to give more and support, it also drives people to be more upset, so I'm embracing it all," Greene said.

He'll be busy during his time at Auburn, no doubt, but he said his first order of business is to listen.

"I need to get to learn Auburn some more. I've learned so much in the past 24 hours, I can't imagine what I'm going to learn my first month on the job, so I'll listen and get a lay of the land."

So we'll have to wait to see more specific plans to reach the goals he's set, and while he's new to the Auburn family, he's already got the battle cry down pat.

Greene gave the crowd a big "War Eagle" at the end of his opening statement.

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