AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Charles D. and Lisa Q. Miller of Birmingham have donated $1 million to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University to create a new endowed faculty chair. The philanthropic gift will provide funding to maintain a top faculty member with experience and expertise in engineering and business practices, enabling the college to offer a relevant business foundation to its engineering students.
“I am pleased about what this gift will create for Auburn’s engineering students,” said Charlie. “It will provide them with a solid understanding of business principles and enable them to stand out among their peers in the engineering and business world.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Echo Garrett, a 1982 Auburn University alumna, award-winning author and co-founder of the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, will provide the keynote address for the Women’s Philanthropy Board 2014 Winter Workshop, Expo and Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
Garrett’s presentation, “Why It’s Not Too Late for Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Teens,” will cap off the day’s events which include a morning leadership, mentoring and career panel session with three fellow Auburn alumni: Beverly Farrington, ’77, founder and principal designer, Accents of the South Inc.; Vickie Orr Wiley, ’93, Auburn basketball legend, Olympian and current administrator at the Harris Early Learning Center in Birmingham; and retired Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, ’74, Auburn’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs. Each panelist will provide insight into their occupations and organizations and serve as mentors for students and other attendees.
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University Agricultural Alumni Association will pay tribute to five individuals for the significant contributions they have made to the state’s agricultural industry during its 2014 Alabama Agricultural Hall of Honor banquet, Feb. 13 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National in Opelika.
Three of the five honorees will be inducted into the association’s Hall of Honor, including Jimmy Sanford of Prattville, representing production agriculture; Abbeville businessman Lester Killebrew Sr., the honoree from the agribusiness sector; and Albert McDonald of Huntsville, recipient in the education/government category.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – In its 20th year of recognizing people and partnerships that make significant and lasting contributions to people’s well-being locally and around the world, Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences honored Howard G. Buffett and Tim Cook at the annual International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in New York City.
Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, was this year’s International Quality of Life Award Laureate. He received the honor from actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
Cook, Apple’s CEO and a 1982 alumnus of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from his friend, Don Logan, the former president and CEO of Time Inc. and a 1995 IQLA Laureate. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have brought distinguished recognition to Auburn University and/or the state of Alabama.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences will honor Howard Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple and a 1982 alumnus of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, for the 20th International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The College of Human Sciences established the International Quality of Life Awards in 1994 to recognize people and partnerships that make significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn Alumni Association has selected four Auburn University graduates as recipients of its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. They are: Tim Cook ’82, CEO of Apple Inc.; Pat Sullivan ’72, 1971 Heisman Trophy winner and current head football coach at Samford University; Larry Benefield ’66, dean emeritus of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; and John Brown ’57, chair emeritus of Stryker Corp., one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.
Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Inc. in 2011 after serving as the chief operating officer from 2005 to 2011. He was listed in Time magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in 2012 and has been an independent director of Nike Inc. since November 2005. He is the founding chair of the Auburn University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s Alumni Council, founded the ISE Endowed Fund for Excellence and the Tim Cook Leadership Scholarship, established the Tim Cook Endowed Professorship, and was selected as the distinguished Auburn Engineer and Outstanding ISE Alumnus of 2000. He also gave the 2010 Auburn University commencement address.