Board of Directors

of the Auburn Alumni Association

 

2018 Recommended Candidates

for the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors

Be Engaged and Connected

HELLO AUBURN FAMILY…

I never tire of hearing Auburn alumni try to explain what makes Auburn so special. The Auburn spirit is something we all know and love, but it’s not easy to put into words. And that feeling we experience when we exit I-85 or U.S. 280 onto College Street, as we once again arrive in Auburn, is a feeling of coming home — and it never gets old. It should be no surprise then that 11 former students have come home to Auburn and are currently coaching various sports teams across campus. Learn more about what Auburn has meant to them in this edition.

The Auburn Alumni Association exists to enhance the engagement and connectivity of all alumni and friends to Auburn University. During my first year as president, I watched — amazed — as that mission was carried out in numerous ways.
In fact, while I had an inkling of how the association’s programs and services impact the Auburn Family, it was not until I formally stepped into this role that I began to fully appreciate the full scope of our activities. I attended many Auburn functions this year, but my favorites included the record-setting AMBUSH events and the Golden Eagles reunion. If your Golden Eagles reunion is approaching, clear your calendar. You will not be disappointed.

The alumni association uses the Auburn Club network as a primary means of engagement and connection. Did you know that there are more than 100 alumni groups worldwide who work to bring Auburn University to you? These clubs host freshmen send-offs, do community service, host sports watch parties and raise funds for student scholarships. Auburn clubs hosted 52 freshmen send-offs over the past year, including a harbor cruise around the Statue of Liberty for freshmen and parents courtesy of the New York Auburn Club. And, yes, it was as cool as it sounds.

But beyond the special events, I am consistently impressed by our alumni clubs’ generosity. In fact, the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn Club network scholarships represent 23% of all scholarships awarded at Auburn University. At a celebratory dinner last September, the Cullman County Auburn Club, the Greater Houston Auburn Club and the Marshall County Auburn Club were inducted into the 1856 Society (donors who have made cumulative gifts exceeding $100,000). In addition, the Montgomery Auburn Club was inducted into the Creed Circle (cumulative gifts exceeding $250,000).

The Auburn Alumni Association will host the 19th annual Lifetime Achievement Awards on Feb. 29, 2020. Reviewing the winners’ accomplishments is a truly inspirational exercise. This year’s honorees are William Barrick ’68, Jere Beasley ’59, Joe Forehand ’71 and Octavia Spencer ’94, and the 2020 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is Dion Aviki ’04. Please join me in congratulating these recipients.

And finally, I may be partial as a graduate in accounting, but the new Horton-Hardgrave Hall on campus is an incredible facility that will boost the Harbert College of Business to new heights. Put it on your list of things to see next time you are on campus, and I think you will understand why students are spending so much time there!

In the past, it was sad to see the end of football season approach. Well, not as much anymore. I’ll see you in the Auburn Arena for more exciting basketball!

Until next time, God bless and War Eagle!

Van Henley - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

M. Van Henley ’80
President, Auburn Alumni Association

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

Board Login
Club Assignments
Board Committees
Read the ByLaws

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

You Belong, Auburn Alumni Association Annual Report 2017-2018, Read the Report

Board of Directors

Any solicitation of products or services should be directed to Jessica King.

Shirley Boulware - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

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

Van Henley - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

M. Van Henley '80

President, Chair, & Member

Doug Kilton - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

Douglas E. Kilton '82

Chair & Member

Gretchen VanValkenburg

Gretchen VanValkenburg '86

Executive Director

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
  • Board of Directors _ Auburn Alumni Association
    William C. "Beau" Byrd II '89
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    President
    2016 - 2018

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