Board of Directors

 

Board of Directors

for the Auburn Alumni Association

We Believe in Education

This summer we will say goodbye to Dr. Jay Gogue, who has served Auburn University for the last 10 years as president. Dr. Gogue has been the impetus for much positive growth in many different areas during his tenure with our school. Most notably, since 2007 we have launched—and exceeded—the $1 billion Because This Is Auburn: A Campaign for Auburn University, which will provide funding for a wide range of colleges, scholarships, professorships and programs.

Under Dr. Gogue’s leadership, our average ACT score and GPA for incoming freshmen are the highest they have ever been, allowing us to cultivate a new generation of highly capable, sophisticated graduates. Dr. Gogue has established a community of greater cohesiveness and unity between the students, faculty, administration and alumni—all working together harmoniously to ensure that Auburn is the absolute best it can be. Dr. Gogue has been a president who listened and responded. He visited extension agents in each county and faculty in each department. He wanted to know and understand the needs and accomplishments of everyone associated with Auburn. He held weekly Monday morning meetings that were attended by the heads of all campus stakeholder groups. He wanted to be connected with every facet of the university. He also enjoyed his interactions with students and looked for opportunities to encourage and mentor them.

Perhaps most interestingly, Dr. Gogue used humor in his interactions with others. Through this humor, he was able to engage people (students, faculty and alumni) and motivate them toward creativity and collaboration. I personally witnessed this sense of humor when I ran into Dr. Gogue at the Because This Is Auburn campaign kickoff in Auburn. At the time, my son Walker was SGA president and therefore regularly interacted with Dr. Gogue, attending his Monday morning meetings as well as other meetings. I was a director on the Auburn Alumni Association board at this time. When I saw Dr. Gogue, he looked at me and said, “Your son…he’s more impressive than you are,” and walked off. I had to laugh. At least I think he was being funny, but there is truth in his statement…

President Gogue leaves a tremendous legacy at Auburn. The university is strong and sound—academically, financially and harmoniously. There is a strong sense of purpose and connection among the greater Auburn community as we strive to continually strengthen our school and the impact it can have.

As the sun sets on Dr. Gogue’s term at Auburn and he leaves our school to incoming president Steven Leath, we can all rest comfortably knowing Auburn is poised for even greater growth and accomplishments, as we are always trying to improve the educational experience for our students. This outstanding position is important to every Auburn man and woman because “[we] believe in education, which gives [us] the knowledge to work wisely and trains [our] minds and [our] hands to work skillfully.” This statement resonates with all Auburn men and women, and it certainly is evident in the work and progress that Dr. Gogue directed over the last decade. All Auburn alumni can still confidently say that they “believe in Auburn and love it” due largely to the effort and contributions of Dr. Jay Gogue, and we thank him and his wife, Susie, for upholding that high standard for us.

War Eagle—

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Beau Byrd ʼ89
President, Auburn Alumni Association
bbyrd@bradley.com

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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.

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Goals

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Increase connectivity between alumni and the university

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Increase meaningful alumni engagement

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Reach all Auburn alumni family and friends

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Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with alumni stakeholders

5

Ensure the association remains fiscally sound and well poised for the future

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William C. “Beau” Byrd, II ʼ89

President, Chair, & Member

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Deborah H. Carter ’72

Vice Chair & Member

Jack Fite

William Jackson “Jack” Fite ʼ85

Past President, Chair & Ex-Officio Member

Van Henley

M. Van Henley ʼ80

Vice President & Member

Angela Mitchell

Angela S. Mitchell ʼ85

Vice Chair & Member

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

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