in new gifts and commitments for
the first time in Auburn’s history
the largest single gift in Auburn’s history, from John and Rosemary Brown
individual, corporate, and foundation donors
single outright gift value
created scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships
One of the hallmarks of Fiscal Year 2015 was the public launch of Because This is Auburn – A Campaign for Auburn University, the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history. The campaign will raise $1 billion to support four major areas across the university: creating thousands of new scholarships for students, endowing new chairs and professorships to support faculty, enhancing academic programs, and building new facilities and re-imagining existing ones.
Fiscal Year 2015 marked the first time in Auburn’s history that annual giving exceeded $200 million, thereby continuing a three-year trend of record-setting fundraising years. President Jay Gogue touted this milestone as a “remarkable level of philanthropic support from Auburn’s alumni and friends that will have a lasting impact on the future of the institution we love.”
During the gala celebration of Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University, John and Rosemary Brown announced a new commitment of $57 million — the largest gift in Auburn’s history. Their generosity will help construct a new, world-class performing arts center which will provide enriching music and theater experiences for generations to come. Their gift will also create a new, state-of-the-art student achievement center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering focused on a multitude of student support services including advising, tutoring, career mentoring, and job placement.
As Auburn works to engage alumni and friends in support of Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University, the Office of Development hosted the first of a series of regional events in major cities in 2015 to share the purpose and goals of the campaign. These events, over the life of the campaign, will provide an opportunity to engage donors and update attendees on the progress of the campaign. More importantly, these events allow Auburn to demonstrate the impact of private giving on the university’s future.
Because no other means of private philanthropy can touch so many lives for so many years, a robust endowment is vital to the future of Auburn University. This permanent, self-sustaining source of funding creates a solid foundation of stability and flexibility that benefits the Auburn Family in perpetuity. For this reason, one-third of the total goal of Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University is related to our endowment.
Thomas Gossom Jr. ’75
Actor, Writer, and Consultant, BestGurl, Inc.
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Jane DiFolco Parker
Vice President for Development
Rebecca M. Dunn ’70
Retired Senior Vice President and
Corporate Secretary, BellSouth
Chair, Auburn University Real Estate Foundation, Inc.
Faye Baggiano ’79
Retired health care executive
Chair, Audit Committee
John W. Brown ’57
Chairman Emeritus, Stryker Corporation
Chair, Development Committee
Maj. James M. Hoskins ’81
Retired Chairman and CEO, Scitor Corporation,
and Retired Major, U.S. Air Force
Chair, Investment Committee
Charles D. Miller ’80
Executive Vice President and Global Head of Distribution, Harbert Management Corporation
Chair, Directorship Committee
William L. Stone ’75
President, Stone Building Company
Chair, Administration and Finance Committee
Michael Williams, M.D.
Interventional Cardiologist, Auburn Cardiovascular P.C.
President, Auburn University
Dr. Jay Gogue ’69
President, Auburn Alumni Association
William Jackson “Jack” Fite ’85
CEO, Fite Building Company Inc.
Chancellor, Auburn University at Montgomery
Dr. John G. Veres III
Melanie Barstad ’75
Dottie Kenady Blair ’81
Thomas R. “Randy” Campbell ‘84
Cheryl Lynn Casey ’83
Walton T. Conn Jr. ’85
William J. Cox ’88
Ronald M. Dykes ’69
Joe W. Forehand ’71
Melissa Brown Herkt ’77
John A. Jernigan, M.D. ’75
Benny M. LaRussa Jr. ’82
Michael A. McLain ’72
William R. McNair ’68
Steven R. Spencer ’78
Wendy S. Wilson ’88
Walter S. Woltosz ’69
Robert Wellbaum III ’93, CFRE
Foundation Vice President
Regena Isbell, CPA, ’93
Foundation Assistant Treasurer
MARK THOMSON, CPA
Foundation Assistant Treasurer
Foundation Assistant Secretary