Board of Directors

of the Auburn Alumni Association

 

2018 Recommended Candidates

for the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors

Auburn Heroes

YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

I will always remember a cloudy day in October 1971 when I first visited the Auburn campus as a 13-year-old. Through my dad’s influence, I had been an Auburn fan as far back as I could remember, and he had bought tickets for our family to attend the Florida game—Sullivan and Beasley versus Reaves and Alverez. It was a magical day as Auburn dominated and my loyalty was sealed.

I never could have guessed how that day would bring me to Auburn as a student, then 47 years later lead to my installation during Homecoming weekend as President of the Auburn Alumni Association. Serving on the association’s board for the past eight years has truly been one of the biggest highlights of my Auburn experience, and it was an honor for my immediate family and many friends from the Auburn family to be in attendance as outgoing president Beau Byrd passed the baton to me.

It has been a pleasure to serve on the board with Beau. We came onto the board the same year and through Beau’s leadership, the association is better and stronger today. My goal the next two years is to work with the board, Gretchen VanValkenburg and our outstanding staff to carry out the association’s mission: to enhance the engagement and connection of all Auburn University alumni and friends. Please let us know how we can assist you.

In this issue of Auburn Magazine, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our beloved Aubie. As a student, I remember the first time Aubie appeared at an Auburn football game: he was immediately a celebrity on campus, and became a character that represents the Auburn spirit well. The record nine National Mascot Championships documents just how dominant Aubie is among his peers.

While his contributions to Auburn athletics and writing the Auburn Creed is what he is best known for today, the first Alabamian to receive a Ph.D. was more widely known while at Auburn as one of the top scholars in the country. He maintained a personal library with more volumes than the university library. Gratefully, he gave students access to his collection. George Petrie, a true Auburn Man.

The Auburn Alumni Association is one year into our tiered membership model.  Please review your membership status and consider supporting the alumni association by making a higher-level tax deductible contribution.

The good Lord has been good to me and one of my blessings is to be a part of the Auburn family.  I hope you feel the same way.

Until next time, God bless, and War Eagle!

M. Van Henley ʼ80
President, Auburn Alumni Association

Van Henley - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

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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Shirley F. Boulware '91

Vice Chair & Member

Beau Byrd - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

William C. “Beau” Byrd II ’89

Past President, Chair, Ex-Officio Member

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LuAnne L. Hart ʼ80

Chair & Member

Van Henley - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

M. Van Henley ʼ80

President, 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
    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
    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
    William Jackson “Jack” Fite ‘85
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    President
    2014 - 2016

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