Four new directors, new chair appointed to Auburn University Foundation Board

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Foundation, which receives all charitable contributions made in support of and to benefit Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery, recently appointed four new directors to its board and named a new board chair.

The new directors are Dottie Kenady Blair ’81 of Montgomery, retired owner and president of Central Alabama Nursing Services; Ronald Dykes ’69 of Atlanta, retired chief financial officer of BellSouth Corporation; Maj. James Hoskins ’81 of Reston, Va., chairman and CEO of Scitor Corporation; and Benny LaRussa Jr. ’82 of Birmingham, founder and CEO of Sterling Capital Management.

The four new members replace those on the board whose terms have expired: Owen Brown ’64 of Los Gatos, Calif.; outgoing board chair Don Logan ’66 of Birmingham; Carolyn Brinson Reed ’65 of Birmingham; and Hon. Clement C. “Bo” Torbert Jr. ’51 of Opelika.

The board also elected Jeff Stone ’79 as its new board chair. Stone, chief operating officer of Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie, served most recently as the board’s vice chair.

Founded in 1960 as a separate and distinctive nonprofit organization, the Auburn University Foundation, led by a 22-member volunteer board of directors, works closely with Auburn’s fundraising professionals in the Office of Development. Their combined efforts to seek philanthropic support enhance quality faculty and instruction, advance academic and student programs, and increase scholarships and fellowships. The foundation is charged by Auburn University’s president to ensure all charitable donations benefit the institutions as donors intended, and to manage the universities’ endowments so as to provide a perpetual source of funding for their future.

“It is vital to our success as a foundation and a university to involve those passionate about Auburn and its students in our philanthropic efforts,” said Jane DiFolco Parker, Auburn’s vice president for development and Auburn University Foundation president. “The invaluable perspective our board members provide as alumni and donors themselves expands the level of professionalism, transparency and stewardship we strive to maintain in our fundraising operations.”

Foundation board directors serve four-year terms, and may serve up to two terms. Auburn’s vice president for development, as president of the foundation, serves as a non-voting officer of the organization. The Auburn University president, Auburn University at Montgomery chancellor, and Auburn Alumni Association president all serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the board.

For more information about the Auburn University Foundation and its volunteer leadership, go to the website at Information about the appointment of the new board directors and chair is available at the Office of Development website at

(Written by Michael Tullier.)

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