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.

2019 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 2, 2019, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Neil Owen Davis ‘35 (posthumous)
Longtime newspaper editor in Auburn, known for his editorials calling for acceptance of desegregation, increased support for public education and policies that helped the poor.

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Thom Gossom ’75
Actor, writer, speaker and communications consultant who helped desegregate Auburn football and later became Auburn University’s first African-American athlete to graduate.

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Dick Ingwersen ‘70
Founder of Atlanta-based certified public accounting firm of Gifford, Hillegass and Ingwersen (GH&I) and co-founder of Ingwersen & Taylor law firm.

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Jeff Stone ’79
Executive vice president of Brasfield & Gorrie and serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Alabama where he is serving as chairman of the 2019 annual campaign.

Read More about Jeff Stone

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.

2019 Recipient

Ashley Robinett ‘01
Ashley Robinett ’01 is vice president of Corporate Real Estate for Alabama Power where she is responsible for managing the company’s land holdings in support of business objectives through land management, acquisition and sales.

Alumni Professor Award

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Joseph Scott McElroy
Crop, Soil and Environmental Science
College of Agriculture

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Kira Bowen
Entomology and Plant Pathology
College of Agriculture

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Prabhakar Clement
Civil Engineering
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

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Robert Boyd
Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

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Zhongyvang Cheng
Mechanical Engineering
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

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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Henry Kinnucan
Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
College of Agriculture

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


Kevin Moore
Associate Professor
College of Architecture, Design and Construction

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.