Board of Directors

of the Auburn Alumni Association

 

2018 Recommended Candidates

for the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors

2020 Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors is requesting nominations from alumni and friends of Auburn University for four directors and two officer positions.

The Ways We Give Back

HELLO AUBURN FAMILY!

In my initial letter as President of the Auburn Alumni Association, I wrote about my first trip to Auburn. Watching my childhood heroes Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley whip the Florida Gators was delightful. Pat Sullivan was a great Auburn football player. Pat Sullivan was a great Auburn man.

This past football season was filled with highs and lows on the field, but the Auburn spirit was strong throughout, highlighted by the exciting finish and celebration after the Alabama game. But the Auburn spirit extends far beyond the football field, as I observed last fall.

For example, the evening before the Arkansas game, I met Cindy ’77 and Ron Terry. Cindy and Ron personally created a banner for Tiger Walk more than 25 years ago and have faithfully supported home-game Tiger Walks, with banner in hand, ever since. They also took it on the road by arriving hours early to away games to stake out the perfect spot, and helped rally traveling Tiger fans for Tiger Walk.

On the day of the Ole Miss game, I attended the biennial Cater Circle reception. This reception honors those who have made gifts to Auburn for 25 or more consecutive years. Believe it or not 2,800 families have reached this milestone; 374 families have given for more than 40 consecutive years, and six families for more than 60 years! Their faithfulness in support of Auburn is another example of the strong Auburn spirit. While not every alum can make a major gift, all alumni can
give some amount every year, which helps with national university rankings. I hope you will consider making a long run of consecutive annual giving.

And finally, on the Friday before the Georgia game, my good friend and industrial engineering alumnus Gary Martin ’57 was honored by the Auburn chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA. Through his 9-year commitment, Gary’s philanthropic support has been a huge component of all the lives the chapter has been able to improve through their work. His generosity is representative of thousands of Auburn alumni who exemplify the Auburn spirit by supporting Auburn students in unique ways.

Like the Terrys, you might consider showing your Auburn Spirit by service to the university. Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors’ nominations are being accepted through March 20. Speaking from experience, serving on the alumni board is fun and fulfilling. Go online or read in this issue about the eligibility and nomination process and decide whom you would like to nominate. Even nominate yourself if you would like! It’s a great way to serve.

I apologize in advance, but there is just something this superstitious sports fan must do. In the spring edition of last year’s Auburn Magazine, I mentioned Auburn’s basketball team, how well they were playing at the time, and even predicted a potentially deep run in the NCAA tournament. So, hoping history repeats and for good luck, here it is again, verbatim:
“At the time of this writing, the team is off to a great start to the season. A strong finish will keep both an SEC Championship and a deep run at the NCAA tournament a possibility we can all be excited about.” Go Tigers! Do it again!

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

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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 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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