Board of Directors
Nominations are now open!
I LOVE THE FACT that driving into Auburn always feels the same. Each time I get the comfortable feeling of coming home that I have gotten since my first year as a student. It just always feels familiar to me when I come back. Auburn will always be “Auburn” to all of us: the eagle of Auburn, the community of Auburn, the spirit of Auburn, the family of Auburn. When the eagle flies at the beginning of a football game, we all feel the same way that we always have. When we see toilet paper draping the trees at Toomer’s Corner, we all feel the same. There is comfort in the fact that Auburn will always feel the way we remember it.
However, there is also change, and change is good. If you walk through the campus today, there is definitely change: new buildings, like the Mell Classroom Building and the new Nursing School; new landmarks, like the Auburn Memorial across from the President’s home and the Charles Barkley statue at the Auburn Arena (coming during the Iron Bowl weekend); and new milestones, like the 125th Anniversary of Women at Auburn that we are celebrating this fall. The Auburn of today is definitely changed and significantly different (and BETTER) than the Auburn we knew when we were here as students.
We also have a new president, Dr. Stephen Leath. He and his wife Janet have come into the world of Auburn and have fit in well. Yes, it is a change for us, and change can sometimes be hard or scary – but it is always exciting. Dr. Leath is going to challenge and push Auburn in a new direction of growth, advancement, and excellence. He comes into our family at a unique juncture;
and as he moves forward and charts a path for growth, I believe he will embody elements of the Auburn creed. I know he believes in “work, hard work”, and he will work tirelessly to push Auburn to new heights. As a proven and successful leader, Dr. Leath brings “honesty and truthfulness” to the task at hand and should thereby “win the respect and confidence of [his] fellow men.” I am confident that he will lead us in a direction of growth with “a spirit that is not afraid.” Most importantly, I believe that Dr. Leath will make decisions that are in the best interests of Auburn University, Auburn students, and the Auburn family. I encourage everyone to get to know Dr. Leath; to watch how he leads and changes the university; and to support him as he leads our university into the future. It will be exciting to witness the change and growth that are coming.
Auburn will always be Auburn, but Auburn will also change and evolve as we move forward. As we Auburn men and women watch this evolution, I hope that we continue to hold fast to the beliefs and standards upon which we are built — as well as to the advances and changes we are making for the future…because, at the very heart of it, we all “believe in Auburn and love it” — the Auburn of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
War Eagle, Happy Holidays, and God Bless-
Beau Byrd ʼ89
President, Auburn Alumni Association
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