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.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Rob McDaniel, a graduate of the Auburn University Hotel and Restaurant Management program, has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award.
The 2002 Auburn alumnus is one of 20 semi-finalists vying for Best Chef South.
“I couldn’t believe it. Really. I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes,” he admitted. “It still blows my mind to think about it.”
AUBURN – The Auburn Alumni Association and its affiliate Auburn clubs nationwide awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to 226 students this past year. The association raised more than $750,000 for scholarships. Of this, Auburn clubs raised more than $400,000 for scholarships at the close of the fiscal year Sept. 30.
“One of the Auburn Alumni Association’s chief priorities is to help ensure that the cost of an Auburn education doesn’t present an insurmountable barrier to those who would otherwise enroll,” said Debbie Shaw, Auburn’s vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the association. “The association is much more than a spirit organization – it’s part of our mission to provide scholarship dollars to those in need.”
AUBURN – The Auburn Alumni Association has selected four Auburn University graduates as recipients of its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. They are: shipping magnate Robert Kenneth Johns ’57 of Summit, N.J.; insurance mogul J. Smith Lanier II ’49 of Lanett; rocket scientist Gerald W. Smith ’61 of Huntsville; and retired astronaut Kathryn C. Thornton ’74 of Charlottesville, Va.
A Mobile native and former Tigers lineman, Johns retired as president and chief operating officer of Sea-Land Service Inc., which ultimately developed, engineered and implemented containerized ocean shipping, revolutionizing world trade. He subsequently founded The Hampshire Management Group Inc., is an inductee of the International Maritime Hall of Fame and in 2006 received Auburn’s Walter Gilbert Award for former athletes who have distinguished themselves through achievements after graduation.
AUBURN – Auburn University has introduced a new design for its collegiate license plates to be available in late August or early September.
Proceeds from the sale of Auburn University license plates in Alabama go to the Auburn University “License to Learn” Scholarship Endowment Fund, a statewide program that raises funds for freshmen scholarships. Approximately $1.2 million in scholarships was awarded in 2008-09.
AUBURN – Former astronaut and Auburn alumna Kathryn Thornton will be the first speaker for the Auburn University Graduate School’s newly established New Horizons Lecture Series.
Thornton’s lecture, “Space Flight: A Human Perspective,” will be at 4 p.m. March 30 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and is open to the public. Later that evening she will receive the Alumna Award from the Auburn University Women’s Resource Center during its Women’s Leadership Conference.