Board of Directors

of the Auburn Alumni Association

 

2018 Recommended Candidates

for the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Ways We Give Back

HELLO AUBURN FAMILY!

As I write this letter in early April, we are in full “shelter in place” mode. While that has come with a host of challenges, we are blessed with ways to stay connected as the Auburn Family while we isolate for the greater good.

I hope you have noticed that Dr. Gogue and Auburn faculty and staff are in constant communication with Auburn alumni and students. It’s often the small things that mean the most, like calling every Auburn Club president to offer assistance and encouragement, or sending ready-to-color pictures of Aubie, an Eagle, an Auburn-themed ‘I Spy’ and a quote from the Auburn Creed for our children to enjoy. I was tempted to find my old box of 64 Crayolas with the built-in sharpener!

The executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association, Gretchen VanValkenburg, and her outstanding staff have also been keeping alumni connected through enhanced social media efforts. If you haven’t yet, NOW is the time to download the Forever AU app onto your smartphone. Meanwhile, Auburn Clubs around the country have been encouraging support of alumni-owned small businesses via Facebook.

Instead of starting a new series on Netflix in your newfound downtime, take advantage of the huge Auburn University Digital Library at http://diglib.auburn.edu/browsecollections.php. You will be entertained for hours walking down memory lane. Some of my digital collection favorites include hundreds of pictures of campus and student life, board of trustee minutes beginning in 1856, historical football program covers, copies of Glomeratas and The Auburn Plainsman going back more than 120 years and, for you WWII enthusiasts, the Eugene B. Sledge and Rickenbacker collections.

At this time of year, we would usually be enjoying the magic of springtime sports at Auburn. Our basketball, golf and baseball teams were all positioned to make deep runs in their respective playoffs. Of course, Coach Williams and the outstanding young ladies that make up the equestrian team completed another undefeated season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Though many of these athletes missed the chance to finish what they started this season, we look forward to watching them compete for Auburn in the future.

In the meantime, the athletics department under Allen Greene’s leadership has been providing extra reading and video content for our enjoyment. I will admit to having clicked on the link to watch the 2019 Iron Bowl highlights more than once!

No doubt, we all share a common sorrow for opportunities and experiences lost this year. At Auburn, things won’t be quite the same without spring graduation, Coach Pearl and Coach Malzahn’s AMBUSH events, the outstanding performances at the Gogue Performing Arts Center and one of my personal favorite alumni events: Golden Eagles.

But our primary concern is with those who are hurting as the result of sickness, financial concerns or the distance imposed by quarantine. During this time of disappointment and sadness, I have been personally comforted by reading the encouraging words in Psalms, especially Psalm 46.

We may not be together in person, but we ARE together in spirit, and when it is possible to be on the Auburn campus again, I look forward to seeing you for a big Auburn Family reunion!

Until then, God bless and War Eagle!

Van Henley - Auburn Alumni Board of Directors

M. Van Henley ’80
President, Auburn Alumni Association

 

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

Past Executive Directors – Hover over images for information.

  • 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