Jay Jacobs said he would step down as Auburn's athletics director on June 1, 2018, "or sooner if my successor is in place."

Auburn president Steven Leath doesn't intend to wait that long to figure out who will replace him.

"We're going to move fairly quickly on replacing AD Jacobs," Leath said during his address at Friday's board of trustees meeting.

"We are in the process of formulating a search committee and laying out a strategic plan to hire a new AD and identifying those people who are going to have major roles. That will be announced early next week to late next week. As soon as we can get it together."

Jacobs announced his decision to step down on Nov. 3. A school spokesperson could not confirm the size of the committee that would be formed to find his replacement, but did say that it would not be too large.

The spokesperson also said that it would be a "reasonable expectation" that an outside search firm would be hired. The search will be "national."

Leath would like to move quickly in this process, the spokesperson said, so the members of that committee and what, if any, search firm Auburn decides to use could be announced as soon as next week.

"I probably shouldn't have promised a date," Leath joked. "But as soon as we can get it organized, we'll announce it. The point is, we're going to move fairly quickly."

Leath, through a spokesperson, declined to speak directly to reporters following the meeting.

The spokesperson did say that Jacobs' new role as athletics director emeritus will keep him around and Auburn and involved with the university, in terms of attending events and holding speaking engagements. He could not confirm whether or not that would be a paid position.

David Housel, the athletics director before Jacobs, is also an athletics director emeritus and is still involved with the university.

Leath said during his address that Jacobs will be honored for his accomplishments at a later meeting. The board is next scheduled to convene on Feb. 9, though the schedule has that meeting in Montgomery.