Auburn University President Jay Gogue received the 2014 Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award from the Auburn chapter of the American Association of University Professors during the spring meeting of the University Faculty on March 25. Gogue is the second Auburn president to receive the award. The chapter’s first Academic Freedom Award went to President William Muse in 1994. Harbert College of Business Professor Herbert Jack Rotfeld, right, president of the Auburn AAUP chapter, cited Gogue for active and ongoing support for the faculty’s role in shared governance. The award is named for the late Glenn Howze, a leading advocate for shared governance who served as the 1998 chair of the University Senate.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tim Thompson and John Ed Mathison officiating. Burial will be private.
“Dr. Funderburk had a lifetime of service to higher education in Alabama and Kentucky,” said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Born June 19, 1931, in Carrollton, Ala., Funderburk received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from Auburn University in 1953 and joined the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant. He served for two years in field artillery and returned to Auburn where he earned a master’s degree in botany in 1958.
After receiving a Ph.D. in plant physiology from Louisiana State University in 1961, Funderburk returned to Auburn as an assistant professor. In 1967, he became the assistant dean of the Graduate School.
AUBURN – Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University’s highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 12 at the annual President’s Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Roy Glasgow and Rachel Coffey, and Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd, assistant dean for Health Services in the Harrison School of Pharmacy and director of the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center.
AUBURN – “From Dr. King to Mr. President: The African-American Journey from Civil Rights to the White House” will be the topic of a town hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 2222 of the Auburn University Student Center. This event is open to the public.
Auburn University Associate Professor of History David Carter will moderate as university experts guide a discussion on the symbolism of the election of Barack Obama as president in relation to Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for America. The forum also will explore the international, economic, social and cultural implications.
AUBURN – Auburn University President Jay Gogue will be formally installed as the school’s 18th president during an April 24 ceremony.
The half-hour event will begin at 4 p.m. on the Cater Hall lawn and will be streamed live on the Web at www.auburn.edu/installation. In case of rain, the installation will be rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 25.
AUBURN – Harry Melvin Philpott, who served as Auburn University’s 11th president from 1965-1980, died early Monday. He was 90 years old.
A memorial service for Philpott will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Auburn First Baptist Church. A private burial will take place in Memorial Cemetery.
“Dr. Philpott was an inspirational leader and a champion for Auburn’s faculty. His focus on academics is still felt today and represents a substantial part of his legacy,” said AU President Jay Gogue. “Susie and I received our degrees from Dr. Philpott, and we consider that a great honor.”