Alumni Awards

Celebrating our amazing Alumni

 The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and service to the university. It was established in 2001 to honor extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. Recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards are selected by a committee of Auburn administrators, trustees, faculty and alumni.

2017 Recipients

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and the Young Alumni Award recipient will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on March 4, 2017, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Patrick “Pat” Fain Dye
Former Auburn Head Football Coach

Learn about Pat

Nelda Lee ’69
A pioneer of women in aviation and aerospace engineering

Learn about Nelda

Navy Adm. Mike Rogers ’81
Commander of U.S. Cyber Command & Director of the National Security Agency

Learn about Mike

Dwight Wiggins ’62
Retired CEO of the Tosco Refining Co.

Learn about Dwight

The Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, has been created to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. One recipient will be recognized each year for significant achievement in his/her professional life and/or for distinguished community service. The award will be presented as part of the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet and Ceremony held in March.

2017 Recipient

K-Rob Thomas ’01
Transmission Construction General  Manager at Alabama Power

2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony

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Alumni Professor Award

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Dawn Boothe
Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology
College of Veterinary Medicine

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Joseph Kloepper
Entomology & Plant Pathology
College of College of Agriculture

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George Plasketes
School of Communications & Journalism
College of Liberal Arts

Stephen Dobson

Stephen Dobson
Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Twenty-five, five-year non-renewable Alumni Professorships are sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, with funds endowed from annual giving. The Alumni Writer-in-Residence, a creative writer from the English faculty, is the only ongoing appointment. The Professorships carry an annual $3,500 salary supplement. The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost calls for nominations from department heads through deans. The awards are presented on the basis of research, publishing, and teaching.

The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship

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Stewart Schneller
Chemistry & Biochemistry
College of Sciences & Mathematics

Jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the AU Graduate School, the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award carries with it a $2,000 award from the Alumni Association. The recipients are nominated by deans, department heads, etc. and chosen by the Graduate Faculty Council on the basis of excellence in research.

Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award

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Billy Ferris
Media Studies
College of Liberal Arts

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Alan Meyer
College of Liberal Arts

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Ric Smith
School of Communications & Journalism
College of Liberal Arts

This award is given to teachers who are exceptional in their quality of teaching, knowledge of subject,interest in students and availability to them, impact on the nominator’s personal educational experience, and influence within Auburn University. Teachers are nominated by students, alumni, and colleagues.Recipients are honored each year and each receive an honorarium award of $1,000 and a plaque.