Mr. William Jackson “Jack” Fite ʼ85
President, Auburn Alumni Association
What a great honor it is to serve as president of your Auburn Alumni Association. It is also a great time for me to serve because it gives my wife, Laura (Pharmacy ’86), and me more opportunities to see our three children, all students at Auburn!
While Auburn has changed since my own college days, that’s to be expected. The only constant in higher education is change. How we educate, where we educate, who we educate and what degrees we offer are certainly changing, and the landscape of education at Auburn University is no exception. Today, an incoming freshman can choose not to attend calculus class and participate online. State-of-the-art labs and technology are common on our tradition-rich campus. The average ACT score of incoming freshmen is over 27. The demand for an Auburn education has never been higher.
How we fund public education is also changing. I invite you to develop a more meaningful relationship to Auburn by donating money for scholarships so a young student can enjoy the great education and experiences we remember. One way to help is by joining the Circle of Excellence. Please visit aualum.org/scholarships or call (334) 844-2586 for information.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your alumni association president. I am honored and humbled.
If you ever have a question or a concern regarding the association, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].
Jack Fite ʼ85
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Board of Directors
Dion M. Aviki ʼ04
Durham, North Carolina
Member, Communications & Marketing and Special Events & Programs Committees
Aviki graduated from AU in 2004 with a bachelor of chemical engineering degree. Dion currently is a full-time student at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Taxman & Associates, a commercial HVAC firm in Houston, TX. Her professional experience includes leadership roles in sales, business development, technical marketing, and product development. Dion also served as a former president of the Greater Houston Auburn Club. At AU, Dion is an inaugural member of the Auburn Engineering Young Alumni Council and a member of the Circle of Excellence Society
Susan K. Black ʼ77
Vice Chair, Scholarship Committee
Member, Finance & Operations and Scholarship Committees
Black graduated from AU in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and from Georgia State University in 1984 with a masters of professional accountancy. Susan is currently President of J. K. Boatwright & Co., P.C., a public accounting firm with offices in LaGrange and Newnan. She is a member of the West Georgia Auburn Club, where she has served as President. At AU, Susan is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, the Samford Society, and Shareholders Club. She is married to Bill and they have two children, one who graduated from AU.
I. Ripon “Rip” Britton ’82
Chair, Communications & Marketing Committee
Member, Finance & Operations, Executive and Nominating Committees
Britton obtained a bachelor’s degree in business from AU in 1982 followed by a degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1985. Rip is a Partner of Hand, Arendall, LLC in Birmingham, AL and has served as past president of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club. He is a member of the Foy Society, the Samford Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is married to Vera ’82 and they have three children.
William C. “Beau” Byrd, II ʼ89
Chair, Membership Committee
Member, Finance & Operations and Executive Committees
Byrd graduated from AU in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in 1992. He has extensive experience representing developers, owners, and financial institutions in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including NMTC, Senior Housing, Retail, Office and Multi-Family. Byrd is past Chair of the Real Property, Probate, and Estate Section of the Alabama State Bar, and is an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law. He is the immediate past President of NAIOP-Alabama Chapter (an international commercial real estate development group), and serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Board of Auburn University’s Masters of Real Estate Development Program. At AU, Beau is a member of the Foy Society, Circle of Excellence Society, the Samford Society, and the George Petrie Society. He is married to Kathy ᾽89 and they have two sons.
Deborah H. Carter ’72
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Chair, Special Events & Programs
Member, Membership and Executive Committees
Carter graduated from Auburn University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Deborah serves as vice president of Toledo Manufacturing Company in Folkston, GA. She is a member of the Golden Isles Auburn Club where she has served as President. At AU, she is a member of the Samford Society, the George Petrie Society and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Woodlands and Wildlife Society. Deborah also serves as a board member of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia and Board Member Emeritus of the Waycross College Foundation, where she served as President for three years. She is married to Chuck and they have one daughter who is an Auburn graduate.
Robert “Rob” M. Crabtree ʼ86
Vice Chair, Membership Committee
Member, Finance & Operations and Nominating Committees
Crabtree graduated from AU in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in health services administration. Rob’s professional career experience includes healthcare leadership roles at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham and he currently serves as the Administrative Director of Orthopaedics for the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation at UAB. Rob has served on advisory boards or on committees for UAB, BlueCross BlueShield, the Alabama Arthritis Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Medical Group Management Association (Alabama Chapter), and BONES Orthopaedic Administrators Society. He served as president of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club in 2012. At AU, Rob is a member of the Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is married to Andi and they have one child.
William Jackson “Jack” Fite ʼ85
Chair, Executive Committee
Member, Nominating Committee
Fite graduated from AU in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in building science and is President and CEO of Fite Building Company, Inc. Fite Building Company is a diverse general contracting and construction management firm building medical, institutional, church, financial, retail and industrial projects as well as maintenance for large industrial clients. Jack served as President of the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors, as well as President of the Morgan County Auburn Club. Jack served on the Board of Directors of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation and First American Bank. At AU, Jack is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, the Samford Society, and the George Petrie Society. He is married to Laura ᾽86 and they have three children, one who is an Auburn graduate.
Charles D. Hart D.V.M. ’85
Member, Finance & Operations and Scholarship Committees
Hart graduated from AU in ʼ82 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his doctorate in veterinary medicine in ʼ85. Hart is president and veterinarian at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic in Clay, a suburb northwest of Birmingham. He earned a bachelor's degree from Auburn in 1982. At Auburn, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a member of the Circle of Excellence Society, the Foy Society, the George Petrie Society, the Samford Society, the Vet Med Centennial Club, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Advisory Council and a former president of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club. He is married to Lori and they have four children.
LuAnne L. Hart ʼ85
Member, Communications & Marketing and Scholarship Committees
Hart graduated from AU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Marketing Director for MidSouth Bank a community bank headquartered in Dothan, AL. Hart is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and has been involved with the Barbour County Auburn Club for over 15 years serving as a Director, Secretary-Treasurer and Treasurer. She was recognized by the Alumni Association as the 2013 Club Officer of the Year. At AU, LuAnne is a member of the Circle of Excellence, Tigers Unlimited and the Foy Society. She is married to Charlie ʼ78, and they have two children who are both Auburn graduates.
Armstead L. “Les” Hayes ’80
Member, Scholarship, Communications & Marketing and Nominating Committees
Hayes graduated from AU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and later graduated with a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1983. Les has served the City of Montgomery, AL as the Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court System. He is the former General Counsel for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. At AU, Les is a member of the Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is also a former President of the Montgomery Auburn Club. Les has three children, one who is an Auburn graduate. He is married to Jennifer.
M. Van Henley ʼ80
Chair, Finance & Operations Committee
Member, Executive and Membership Committees
Henley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from AU in 1980. Van is a tax partner with Ernst & Young, LLP and serves his clients as Tax Account Leader, coordinating all aspects of their tax compliance and tax planning needs. As part of the Federal Tax Practice, Van has more than 32 years of experience. He is a certified public accountant, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is licensed to practice in Texas. Van currently serves as Treasurer of the Auburn Alumni Association. He served on the AU School of Accountancy Advisory Council for over 20 years. At AU, Van is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, Shareholders Club and the 1856 Society. Van is married to Suzanne and they have three children.
Timothy A. Martin ʼ78
Chair, Scholarship Committee
Member, Executive and Special Events & Programs Committees
Martin graduated from AU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacal science and received his doctorate in 1982. Tim currently is the Director of Pharmacy at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. He has been appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn and is the chair-elect of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He was appointed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy to serve a five-year term as the institutional pharmacy representative. His professional achievements have been recognized by the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, the AU Harrison School of Pharmacy, and the Alabama Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. At AU, Tim is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, the George Petrie Society, and the Samford Society. He is married to Angie and they have two children, one who is an Auburn graduate.
Angela S. Mitchell ʼ85
Member, Membership and Special Events & Programs Committees
Mitchell graduated from AU in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Angela is an active community volunteer and civic leader in her hometown of Guntersville, AL. At AU, Angela is a member of the Foy Society, the 1856 Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. Angela is married to David and they have three children, two who are Auburn graduates.
Kelley P. Mossburg ʼ77
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Member, Membership and Special Events & Programs Committees
Kelley Mossburg graduated from AU in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He has had a successful career in several large Fortune 100 companies such as PepsiCo, privately held founder-led organizations such as CNL Financial Group and Pilot Travel Centers, and, most recently, owning and/or assisting founders in building successful startups. At Auburn, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and a member of the Samford Society. Kelley is married to Debbie ʼ78 and they have two children.
David Oberman ᾽80
Vice Chair, Finance & Operations Committee
Member, Scholarship and Nominating Committees
Oberman graduated from AU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. David currently is a Director with Merrill Lynch in Birmingham, AL. He covers most of the state of Alabama and parts of Mississipi for Merrill Lynch. He is a former member of the AU Business Advisory Council. At AU, David is a member of the Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is married to Barbara Haskins Oberman ᾽81 and they have three children, one who is an Auburn graduate.
Regenia Sanders ’95
Vice Chair, Special Events & Programs
Member, Communications & Marketing and Nominating Committees
Sanders is a 1995 graduate of AU with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Regenia is currently vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology at Six Sigma Academy & Company. She is an executive with over 14 years of business transformation, management consulting and information technology experience for Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, including Communications & High Tech, Public Service, Retail, Industrial Manufacturing, and Utilities at Accenture. She serves on the board of directors for ToolBankUSA and the National Advisory Board for the National Society of Black Engineers. Regenia is also a member of AU’s Alumni Engineering Council and the Leadership Council for the university’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. At AU, Regenia is a member of the Circle of Excellence Society, the George Petrie Society, the Foy Society and the Ginn Society.
Dewayne T. Scott ’95
Member, Communications & Marketing and Special Events & Programs Committees
Dewayne Scott, graduated from Auburn in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in management information systems. Dewayne has spent 20 years in information technology with 14 years at his current employer, Accenture, a Big 5 information technology consulting firm. He is an associate manager working on several federal and state technology efforts. At Auburn, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a member of the George Petrie Society, the Circle of Excellence Society as well as a member of the leadership council for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. He also is a founder of the War Eagle Society, where he serves as president. Dewayne is married to Tamara and they have one child.
Paula D. Steigerwald ʼ76
Vice Chair, Communications & Marketing Committee
Member, Membership and Nominating Committees
Steigerwald is a 1976 graduate of AU with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. Upon graduation, Paula began working for Parisian benefiting from their extensive management training programs. From 1997-2002 she served as the Vice President, Regional Director of Stores for North Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. In 2002 she left Parisian to join the Huntsville Botanical Garden as CEO. The Garden has been named the Southeast Tourism Society’s Shining Example, The State of Alabama’s Attraction of the Year, and the Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit of the Year. At AU, Paula is a member of the Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. She is married to Tim ̓ 76 and they have two children who are both Auburn graduates.
William B. “Bill” Stone, II ʼ85
Rainbow City, Alabama
Chair, Nominating Committee
Ex-Officio Member, Executive Committee
Stone is a 1985 graduate of AU with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Bill’s professional career includes sales, marketing and leadership roles with Siemens, United Technologies, Schneider Electric, Border States Industries, and currently serves as Vice President, Mayer Electric Supply Company, Birmingham, AL. Bill has served AU on the College of Engineering Campaign Committee; is an Engineering Eagle; as a member of the Auburn Athletic Advisory Council and a member of the Trustee Selection Committee. He has been a member of the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2007, previously serving as President. Bill is a former president of the Greater Nashville Auburn Club. At AU, Bill is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, and the Samford Society. Bill has one child and is married to Marian.
Mark H. Thomas ’95
Bluffton, South Carolina
Member, Communications & Marketing and Membership Committees
Thomas graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, cooperative education in 1995 and a master’s in applied mathematics, numerical analysis in 1998. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Alabama. Mark began his career with TRW as a software engineer on the National Missile Defense project. He moved to Radiance Technologies, Inc. to lead a team of developers on a classified project and was eventually named Vice President of Gulf Coast Operations. Mr. Thomas left Radiance to help establish a startup company in the Defense Industry as the Senior Vice President at Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3), with responsibility for the Security and Environmental Solutions (SES) division operations, business development, program management, personnel management, budget planning and execution along with profit and loss and growth direction responsibility. Mr. Thomas currently serves as VP, Strategic development for CareCore National, LLC where he directly supports the CTO in developing strategic technology objectives, IP strategy, plans for new market development along with developing R&D budget and resources necessary to meet strategic objectives. He is responsible for leading new technology initiatives; developing and managing the Innovation Life Cycle including SDLC, and managing cross functional (internal and external) R&D project teams along with the strategic technology handoff process. He and his wife Kelly ̓ 99 have one child.
Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Executive Director and Secretary, Auburn Alumni Association
Gretchen VanValkenburg serves as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Auburn Alumni Association for Auburn University. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and support of the mission of the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn University.
VanValkenburg, a 1986 Auburn business graduate, has a distinguished career as a university advancement professional. Prior to returning to Auburn, she served as executive director of development and alumni engagement at the University of West Florida where she provided direction for all development and alumni-related activities and operations. Over a seventeen year period, she held various leadership positions with increasing areas of responsibility including alumni event planning, alumni board management, donor relations, fiscal management, volunteer recruitment and public speaking. She also served as a major gifts officer and led capital campaign planning efforts.
VanValkenburg is a native of Montevallo and attended the University of Montevallo from 1982-1984. She is married to Craig VanValkenburg, a ’82 Auburn alumnus and they have one daughter, Heidi. She and her husband are proud life members of the Auburn Alumni Association.
Auburn Alumni Association President
Auburn Alumni Association Vice President
Auburn Alumni Association Treasurer
Ex-Officio Board Members
Mr. William Jackson “Jack” Fite ’85
Mr. William B. Stone, II ’85
Mr. Bobby Poundstone ’95
Mrs/ Nancy Young Fortner ’71
Mr. James (Ralph) Jordan, Jr. ’70
Mr. Andrew P. Hornsby, Jr. ’68
Mr. L. Owen Brown ’64
Mr. Robert J. Kloeti ’70
Ms. Golda Ann McDaniel ’72
Mr. William Earl Porter ’57
Mr. Richard F. Mitchell ’55
Mr. Paul J. Spina, Jr. ’63
Mr. J. Patrick Galloway ’5 1- DECEASED
Mr. Russell E. Allman, Sr. ’69
Dr. Ruel Russell, Jr. ’48
Mr. Batey M. Gresham, Jr. ’57
Mr. Robert D. Word, Jr. ’55
Dr. Earl H. Weaver ’62 - DECEASED
Mr. L. J. Kirkland ’49
Mr. Robert E. Lowder ’64
Dr. Walter L. Martin ’53 - DECEASED
Dr. C. Lloyd Nix ’59
Mr. Duncan P. Liles, Jr. ’43 - DECEASED
Mr. Morris Savage ’59
Mr. James M. Brown, Jr. ’46 - DECEASED
Mr. J. Gilmer Blackburn ’50 - DECEASED
Mr. Ken Lott, Jr. ’41 - DECEASED
Dr. W. Kelly Mosley ’21 - DECEASED
Dr. Ben S. Gilmer ’26 - DECEASED
Mr. Roy B. Sewell ’22 - DECEASED
Mr. Frank M. Malone ’21 - DECEASED
Mr. William F. Byrd ’21 - DECEASED
Past Executive Directors
Dr. Deborah L. Shaw '84
Mrs. Betty DeMent '71
Dr. Joe Busta '69
Mr. Jerry F. Smith '64
Mr. George L. (Buck) Bradberry
Dr. Joseph B. Sarver '37
(honorary doctorate, bestowed 1994)
Mr. Harry M. (Happy) Davis '32