Jay Jacobs to provide keynote address at Women’s Philanthropy Board 2012 Fall Luncheon

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Jay Jacobs, Auburn University director of athletics, will provide the keynote address at the Women’s Philanthropy Board 2012 Fall Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 26, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “Collective Philanthropy: Joining Forces for Greater Impact.”

Jacobs earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration from Auburn in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and was a member of the Auburn football team, earning two letters as an offensive tackle in 1982 and 1983.

Jacobs was named Auburn’s 14th director of athletics in 2004, after working in almost every area of the Auburn Athletics Department for the previous 20 years. Under Jacobs’ leadership, Auburn athletics has made major strides benefitting Auburn student-athletes, coaches and fans. The department has focused on five strategic goals under his leadership: winning, graduating student-athletes, managing the department’s fiscal affairs, complying with SEC and NCAA rules and providing a positive game-day experience.

The Auburn Athletics Department has consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of the NACDA Directors Cup and has claimed 10 national championships under Jacobs, including a school-record four titles in 2005-06. In 2010, the football program claimed the BCS National Championship. Under Jacobs’ watch, Auburn’s athletics programs have captured 22 Southeastern Conference titles.

“Jay Jacobs is an encouraging leader and dedicated philanthropist who makes an impact in a multitude of ways,” said Sidney James Nakhjavan, the Drummond Thorne Stukes Executive Director of the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and Women’s Philanthropy Board. “We are very appreciative of the support he has shown the Women’s Philanthropy Board and look forward to his inspiring message about making a positive difference in the lives of others.”

The Women’s Philanthropy Board was formed in 2002 and throughout the last decade has spawned the establishment of the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Auburn University’s Cary Center served as an inspiration for a minor in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and launched Camp iCare and Real Cents Real Change which are learning opportunities for kids and teens.

Tickets for the WPB Fall Luncheon are required and can be purchased by calling the WPB office at (334) 844-3524 or by visiting www.humsci.auburn.edu/wpb. Individual tickets are $65 and reserved tables for groups of 10 are available in the following price structure: Gold Table, $800; Platinum Table, $1,000; and Diamond Table, $1,200.

Women’s Philanthropy Board Corporate partners and grantors who have helped underwrite the event include the Alabama Power Company, Kiplinger, Dubberly, Dean and Associates – Merrill Lynch, Moore Wealth Management, BB&T Wealth Management, Warren Averett Wilson Price, Charlotte Gaston Interiors, Gallery One Fine Art Inc., The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn University Outreach, The Flower Store, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and Community Service Grants from Alabama State Rep. Mike Hubbard.

(Contributed by Samantha Allbrook.)

Contact: Samantha Allbrook, College of Human Sciences, (334) 844-3524 (allbrsl@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)