Board of Directors
Board of Directors
for the Auburn Alumni Association
I BELIEVE IN EVERY AUBURN STUDENT— male and female—who makes the choice to attend Auburn and become a part of her community and her history. Obviously, George Petrie agreed when he wrote this famous line of the Auburn Creed, honoring the Auburn men and women who believe in and cherish all that Auburn is.
In October, we will celebrate 125 Years of Auburn Women. It will be a tremendous event, and it is absolutely something to celebrate. I hope many of you will join us for the celebration. Honestly, I cannot imagine Auburn without women. Any image or memory I have of Auburn includes women. They are as much a part of Auburn as anyone else.
I come from a family of Auburn women. My mother-in-law graduated from Auburn, my sister graduated from Auburn, my wife graduated from Auburn, two sisters-in-law graduated from Auburn, and my daughter-in-law graduated from Auburn just last May. The number of women in my family who graduated from Auburn far outnumbers the number of men. All of these women had outstanding experiences at Auburn, and they served and contributed to the university in a variety of capacities and leadership positions. They are all better for having attended Auburn, and I think that Auburn is better for their having been a part of the family.
I was a student at Auburn when Cindy Holland Torbert was elected the first female SGA president. I am honored to have met Jacqueline Keck, the current and third female SGA president. Both of these ladies were—and are—effective leaders and representatives of our university, and frankly it shouldn’t matter at all that they are women. However, the reality is that their gender is significant—and relevant. They prove that our university is better for the inclusion of women in the student body, and our university is bolstered by the contributions of women who have attended, graduated, served and represented Auburn across the country and around the world. Female Auburn graduates have traveled to space; entertained the world through music and film; led major international corporations; made significant advances in medicine, science and technology; and the list goes on.
I, along with all of you, applaud and celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of the women who have been part of Auburn’s
story. The list of accolades is long—far surpassing my word limit in this letter. However, more than that, I love that all of these women are part of the Auburn family as a whole—and that their accomplishments exceed any designation as “female” or “woman.”
Of course, we celebrate and honor the fact that women have been a part of Auburn for 125 years and have thereby served and honored Auburn through their accomplishments, services and legacy. However, the truth is that the women I have mentioned— and countless others I have not—are much more significant than their gender distinction. They are outstanding Auburn students, graduates, alumni and leaders—all of whom love Auburn. They are AUBURN—period. And THAT is FAMILY!
Beau Byrd ʼ89
President, Auburn Alumni Association
The Auburn Alumni Association
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