AU names first Forehand Leadership scholars

AUBURN – Through an initial gift of more than $570, 000 from alumnus Joe W. Forehand, Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has established the Forehand Leadership Scholarship Endowment.

This endowment will provide scholarships for students in AU’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering who have demonstrated academic excellence and strong leadership potential.

“My roots are in this state, my history is here,” said Forehand in talking about the reason for his gift to AU. “So much of what I have achieved and of what I have become as a man, and a professional, I owe to Auburn.”

The Industrial and Systems Engineering department named two inaugural Forehand Scholars for spring 2007.

One Forehand Scholar is Heather Layne, a senior from Montgomery. Layne has been active in a variety of campus organizations including the Student Government Association’s Freshman Forum, the SGA elections board and the AU Academic Honesty Committee. She has served as a leader of the Successfully Orienting Students program for students transferring to Auburn; as an ambassador to the College of Engineering through the Cupola Engineering Society; and was selected as a member of Cater Society, which recognizes senior women for their leadership qualities and contributions to AU. She served as both treasurer and vice president of her social sorority.

Chris Patterson, a junior from the Birmingham area, was also chosen as a Forehand Scholar. A recent inductee into Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Patterson has completed three co-op semesters with Kaydon Custom Filtration Corporation in LaGrange, Ga.

“While my hands-on learning experiences have enriched my learning experience at Auburn, I believe even more beneficial is the level of professionalism, maturity and leadership my co-op experience has afforded me,” says Patterson. “While these traits are not necessarily learned through one’s course of study, they are essential in the workplace and are among those characteristics expected by employers.”

Patterson is involved in community activities such as Auburn Christian Fellowship and AU Housing and Residence Life.

“Each of these activities has allowed me to grow and refine my leadership skills,” Patterson said. “My involvement has been a real complement to the academic experience I have been blessed to have.”

Raised in Alexander City, Forehand graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1971. He received a master’s degree in industrial management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1972, as well as an honorary doctorate of management.

Forehand joined the Atlanta office of Accenture in 1972 and became a partner 10 years later. He was named CEO of Accenture in November 1999 and chairman of the board of directors in February 2001. Forehand led the company through a period of significant change and growth. During that time, Accenture grew from 66,000 employees and $9.6 billion in net revenues to 103,000 employees and $13.7 billion in net revenues.

(Contributed by Sara Borchik.)

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