AUBURN – The Auburn University Department of Building Science received $300, 000 in contributions and commitments from more than 550 individuals and companies this spring to create the Bob Aderholdt Endowed Professorship.
The professorship will be awarded to an instructor in the department who exhibits the high standard of character and teaching excellence demonstrated by Aderholdt during his 27 years of service to Auburn University.
Aderholdt, who had retired from teaching earlier this year, died May 3 at the age of 65. Current building science faculty, former students and construction industry executives collaborated on the idea of creating an endowed professorship in his honor.
“This new professorship is a testament to Aderholt’s wonderful Auburn legacy,” said Dean Dan Bennett of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. “It is a poignant demonstration of the love and respect so many felt for Bob. The fact that the professorship was endowed by donations from more than 550 people in a period of only six weeks shows the very strong support for that legacy by the Building Science and CADC students, faculty and alumni.”
Aderholdt taught in the Auburn building construction program for 27 years. Of his many contributions, he was instrumental in the creation of the Construction Industry Fund which helps fund construction education at AU through professional fees. Created in 1991, the fund has helped AU’s building science program maintain its status as one of the elite in the nation.
Aderholdt was born July 31, 1941, in Jacksonville, Ala. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from AU in 1966, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from AU in1969. He received his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.
He taught at the University of Florida in the Department of Building Construction for eight years before returning to Auburn in 1980.
The AU Department of Building Science is housed within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. The components of the CADC are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students.
(Contributed by Robert Grant.)
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