Past Presidents & Executive Directors

 

Board of Directors

for the Auburn Alumni Association

2017 Recommended Candidates

For the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Auburn Alumni Association board of directors’ nominating committee, having solicited nominations from the membership as required in the association bylaws, has submitted its list of candidates for four new directors to the full board. The recommended candidates have been approved by the board. Click the button below to read about the candidates.

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This is Work-Hard Work

In 1943 George Petrie famously penned the Auburn Creed, which opens with the following lines: I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. These lines illustrate the spirit of Auburn; this spirit incorporates a belief in determination, perseverance and—honestly—just plain hard work. Auburn men and women set goals and work hard to accomplish them. Behind hard work is passion, persistence and a “never say die” attitude. There are countless examples of Auburn graduates who have pushed themselves beyond their supposed limits to create, build and engineer amazing products, companies and missions.

We teach our students the importance of this drive, this intense effort. The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business offers an entrepreneurship program that encourages this creativity, this “thinking outside of the box.” This “nose to the grindstone” belief system is planting seeds in our business students that will grow new ideas and new businesses for the future. Auburn embraces this forward-thinking, hard-working mindset, and we highlight this entrepreneurship program and some of our notable entrepreneurs in this issue. Read and consider the impact we are having on our communities, our state, our nation and beyond. Many of us share memories of working hard when we were in school to earn the degrees that would equip us to go out into the world and make a difference. Next month, we will honor four individuals who exemplify the words of the Auburn Creed and whose hard work has paid off as they have accomplished great things. Coach Pat Dye, Nelda Lee, Mike Rogers and

Dwight Wiggins are examples of outstanding individuals who love Auburn and have achieved great success in their various careers. They are all role models for Auburn men and women of today and tomorrow as they show the value of hard work and determination. Also being recognized next month is K-Rob Thomas, who, in addition to being an outstanding man, proves that the younger generation of Auburn graduates is also primed to accomplish great things through hard work.

We are celebrating the idea of hard work and all that can come from it. Auburn men and women are not afraid of hard work. They are motivated by it and excited to see the results that can come from it. Perhaps a quote from Coach Pat Dye best sums up our appreciation and celebration of hard work: “Nothing has changed about what makes a winner. A winner works his butt off and is dependable. He’s not always the most talented, but he gives everything on every play.”

That says it all. Auburn men and women are winners in the classroom, in the workplace and in the game of life. We have achieved—and will continue to achieve—great things because we “believe in work, hard work.”

This is Auburn.

War Eagle!

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Beau Byrd ʼ89
President, Auburn Alumni Association
bbyrd@bradley.com

The Auburn Alumni Association

Mission

The Auburn Alumni Association is dedicated to enhancing the engagement and connection of all Auburn University alumni and friends.

Vision

To advance Auburn University by engaging our global community and cultivating their passion for and loyalty to the university.

By Laws & Resources

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Goals

1

Increase connectivity between alumni and the university

2

Increase meaningful alumni engagement

3

Reach all Auburn alumni family and friends

4

Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with alumni stakeholders

5

Ensure the association remains fiscally sound and well poised for the future

 Board of Directors

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William C. “Beau” Byrd, II ʼ89

President, Chair, & Member

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Deborah H. Carter ’72

Vice Chair & Member

Jack Fite

William Jackson “Jack” Fite ʼ85

Past President, Chair & Ex-Officio Member

Van Henley

M. Van Henley ʼ80

Vice President & Member

Angela Mitchell

Angela S. Mitchell ʼ85

Vice Chair & Member

Past Executive Directors

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  • Harry M Happy Davis '32
    Harry M Happy Davis '32
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    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    1945-1951
  • Joseph B Sarver '37
    Joseph B Sarver '37
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    Executive Director
    1951 - 1976
  • George L Buck Bradberry
    George L Buck Bradberry
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    Executive Director
    1976-1985
  • Jerry F Smith '64
    Jerry F Smith '64
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    Executive Director
    1984 - 1989
  • Joseph F Busta JR '69
    Joseph F Busta JR '69
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    Executive Director
    1990 - 1993
  • Betty Mclendon Dement '71
    Betty Mclendon Dement '71
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    Executive Director
    1995 - 2004
  • Deborah L. Shaw '84
    Deborah L. Shaw '84
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    Executive Director
    2004 - 2015

Past Presidents

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  • William F Byrd '21
    William F Byrd '21
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    President
    1947 - 1948
  • Frank M Malone '21
    Frank M Malone '21
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    President
    1948 - 1950
  • Roy B Sewell '22
    Roy B Sewell '22
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    President
    1956 - 1958
  • Ben Gilmer '21
    Ben Gilmer '21
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    President
    1960 - 1962
  • W Kelly Mosley '21
    W Kelly Mosley '21
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    President
    1963 - 1965
  • Ken Lott, JR '41
    Ken Lott, JR '41
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    President
    1965 - 1967
  • Gilmer Blackburn '26
    Gilmer Blackburn '26
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    President
    1967 - 1969
  • James M Brown '46
    James M Brown '46
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    President
    1969 - 1971
  • Morris W Savage '59
    Morris W Savage '59
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    President
    1971 - 1973
  • Duncan Liles '43
    Duncan Liles '43
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    President
    1973 - 1975
  • C. Lloyd Nix '59
    C. Lloyd Nix '59
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    President
    1975 - 1977
  • Walter L Martin '53
    Walter L Martin '53
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    President
    1977 - 1979
  • Robert E Lowder '64
    Robert E Lowder '64
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    President
    1979 - 1980
  • L J Sammy Kirkland '49
    L J Sammy Kirkland '49
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    President
    1981 - 1983
  • Earl H Weaver '62
    Earl H Weaver '62
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    President
    1983- 1985
  • Robert Word JR '55
    Robert Word JR '55
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    President
    1985 - 1987
  • Batey M Gresham JR '57
    Batey M Gresham JR '57
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    President
    1987 - 1989
  • Ruel Russell JR '48
    Ruel Russell JR '48
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    President
    1989 - 1990
  • Russell E Allman SR '69
    Russell E Allman SR '69
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    President
    1991 - 1992
  • J Patrick Galloway '51
    J. Patrick Galloway '51
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    President
    1992 - 1994
  • Paul J Spina JR '63
    Paul J Spina JR '63
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    President
    1994 - 1996
  • Richard F Mitchell '55
    Richard F Mitchell '55
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    President
    1996 - 1998
  • William E Porter '57
    William E Porter '57
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    President
    1998 - 2000
  • Robert Kloeti '70
    Robert Kloeti '70
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    President
    2000 - 2002
  • Owen Brown '64
    L. Owen Brown '64
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    President
    2002 - 2004
  • Andrew P Hornsby '68
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    President
    2004 - 2006
  • James (Ralph) Jordan '70
    James (Ralph) Jordan '70
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    President
    2006 - 2008
  • Nancy Young Fortner '71
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    President
    2008 - 2010
  • Robert E (Bobby) Poundstone IV '95
    Robert E (Bobby) Poundstone IV '95
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    President
    2010 - 2012
  • William B (Bill) Stone II '85
    William B (Bill) Stone II '85
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    President
    2012-2014
  • William Jackson “Jack” Fite ‘85
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    President
    2014 - 2016

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