Board of Directors | Ex-Officio Members | Emeritus Directors

board officers

Don Logan '66, Chairman
Jeff Stone '79, Vice-Chair
Jane DiFolco Parker, President
Wanda Sperow, Secretary
Heather Chalkley, Assistant Secretary

John W. Brown '57, Treasurer
Sylvia Huggins,
Assistant Treasurer
Regena Isbell, Assistant Treasurer
Mark Thomson, Assistant Treasurer


Board of Directors

  Faye Baggiano '79
Montgomery, Alabama

Baggiano graduated from Auburn University Montgomery in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in English. She received a master's in public administration from AUM in 1981 and her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Her career extended over 20 years in the U.S. private and public healthcare sectors. Baggiano retired as president of BCE Emergis, North American eHealth Solutions Group. She also retired from EDS as president of the Health Care Global Industry Group. Throughout her career, she was active at both the state and national levels in shaping public policy relating to the quality and delivery of healthcare. Her portfolio includes service as a presidential appointee, as associate administrator of Medicare and the Medicaid External Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Financing Administration. Baggiano serves on the Dean's Advisory Council and the Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts. She is married to retired Colonel Tony Baggiano and is the mother of five.

   
  Melanie Whatley Barstad '75
Southlake, Texas

Barstad graduated from Auburn in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in English.  In April 2009, she retired as president of the Women’s Health Initiatives for the Medical Devices and Diagnostics sector of Johnson & Johnson.  Her responsibilities included defining growth, partnership and advocacy roles in the women’s health arena for the sector’s operating companies. Barstad served as president of Acute Care for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.  She previously was co-chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care and a board member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Foundation.  She also served as a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy.  Barstad currently sits on the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council and is president of Auburn’s CLA Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board.  She is married to Paul Barstad.

   
  John W. Brown '57
Portage, Michigan 

Brown graduated from Auburn in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He became president and chief executive officer of the Stryker Corporation in 1977 and was appointed chairman of the board in 1980, a position he still holds. Brown is a director of St. Jude Medical, Gen-Probe, and the American Business Conference, and is chairman of InHealth: The Institute for Health Technology Studies. He received an honorary law degree from Freed-Hardeman University in 1999. Brown is a member of the Engineering Eagles Society, the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, Arnold Air Society and the 1856 Society. He is married to Rosemary '57 and has two daughters.

     
  L. Owen Brown '64
Los Gatos, California 

Brown graduated from Auburn in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is chairman and owner of Owen Brown Enterprises Ltd., where he provides management for start-up and turnaround companies. Brown launched his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served 25 years and retired as captain.  He has managed a variety of high-tech companies throughout the course of his 35-year business career.  Brown was selected as the initial president and COO of Sun Microsystems Inc. He is an ex-officio member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a member of the 1856 Society, Petrie Society, Engineering Eagles Society and former member of the Campaign Steering Committee. He is married to Brookes and has four children.

     
  Tom Clement '66
Montgomery, Alabama

Clement graduated from Auburn in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in building science. He also received an MBA from Auburn University Montgomery in 1977. Clement is president and founder of The Clement Group, LLC, a construction management firm. He serves on the AUM Alumni Board and AUM Advisory Board. Clement is a member of the Petrie Society, the 1856 Society, AUM 1967 Society, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and was involved with the recent campaign through service on the National Campaign Committee and Montgomery Regional Campaign Committee. Auburn University Montgomery’s School of Business building was renamed Tom F. Clement Hall in 2006. He is married to Frances and has two children.

     
 

William J. Cox (Billy) '88
Mobile, Alabama

Cox graduated from Auburn in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in pharmacal science. He is a fourth-generation pharmacist who founded Cox Nuclear Pharmacy in 1993 and sold the company in 2006. Cox is currently a pharmacy consultant, entrepreneur and real estate investor for BSM Inc. in Mobile, Ala. He is a member of the 1856 Society, the All-American Society, the Pharmacy Alumni Association and the Athletics Advisory Council. He is married to Tammy and has four children.

     
 

Rebecca M. Dunn (Becky) '70
Birmingham, Alabama

Dunn graduated from Auburn in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She retired as senior vice president, Corporate Compliance and Corporate Secretary for BellSouth in 2007. She was responsible for handling corporate governance, the company's ethics program, internal auditing, corporate security and real estate functions. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham and Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. Dunn is a member of the 1856 Society, the College of Business Shareholders' Club, the Auburn Alumni Association, and is a former member of the Atlanta Regional Campaign Committee, the Business Campaign Committee, the Business Advisory Council and the Communications Advisory Council. She has one son Burton Dunn, Jr. with her late husband, C. Burton Dunn '70.

     
  Joe W. Forehand '71
Dallas, Texas

Forehand graduated from Auburn in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He served as Accenture’s CEO from 1999 to 2004, leading Accenture through a period of significant change and growth. Forehand received the Carl S. Sloane Award for Excellence in Management Consulting and the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce. He has also been recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers with the Captains of Industry Award. Forehand currently serves on the Aricent Board of Directors and is a senior advisor for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He is a member of the 1856 Society, Engineering Eagles Society and the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.  Forehand is married to Gayle, a 1970 alumna of Auburn, and they have two children.

     
  Thomas Gossom Jr. '75
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Gossom graduated from Auburn in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and went on to receive a master’s in communication from the University of Montevallo. In 1987, he founded Gossom Communications, and in 1998, he and his wife Joyce founded JTG Consulting, merging her management-consulting company and his communication firm. Gossom founded Best Gurl Entertainment in 2004.  He has appeared in several feature films and television shows. Gossom has served on the Communications Advisory Council, College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council, Research Advisory Council and the “Auburn Magazine” Advisory Board. He is a member of the Football Letterman Club and was the first African-American athlete to graduate from Auburn. Gossom and his wife have one son, Dixson.

 

 

  Don Logan '66
Birmingham, Alabama

Logan graduated from Auburn in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He went on to receive a master’s degree in mathematics from Clemson University and an honorary doctorate from Auburn. He retired as chairman of Time Warner Media and Communications in 2005. He serves on the Auburn President’s Advisory Council of Birmingham and is chairman emeritus of the Auburn Magazine Advisory Board. He is also a member of the 1856 Society and Société Académique. Logan is a 2005 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and formerly served on the Human Science International Advisory Board and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is married to Sandy, and they have two children.

     
 

Michael A. McLain (Mike) '72
Atlanta, Georgia

McLain graduated from Auburn in 1972 with a bachelor's degree and from Furman University with a master's in Business Administration. He is currently CEO and managing partner of ICON Investment Partners in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to forming ICON Investment Partners, McLain was president, CEO and director of Aearo Technologies, which was sold in April 2008. He has also served as president of DowBrands Europe for three years and was brought back to lead its turnaround. McLain currently serves as a director of Playcore and Timex, chairman of the Porex Corporation Board, and executive chairman of Thermadyne. He is a former Park Tudor School Board chairman, and a former board member of Community Hospitals, Pleasant Run Children's Homes, Center for Leadership Development, and the Furman Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the College of Business Shareholders' Club and the Auburn Alumni Association, and a former member of the Buisness Advisory Council. He is married to Jane, also a 1972 alum, and has three children.

     
  William R. McNair (Bill) '68
Fairhope, Alabama

McNair graduated from Auburn in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He went on to receive an MBA from AUM in 1970. He also has a Master of Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). McNair retired as vice president of Network Operations from BellSouth in 2001, after 33 years with the company. While at BellSouth, he held positions in the company’s engineering, operations, human resources and marketing organizations. He was involved in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s campaign leadership team and is the chair of the Keystone Society. He is married to Lana and they have a son and a daughter.

     
 

Charles D. Miller '80
Birmingham, Alabama

Miller graduated from Auburn in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and later completed the Wharton Executive Program on Financial Management at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Harbert Management Corporation (HMC) since 2002. Prior to joining HMC in 1994, Miller worked with Harbert Corporation where he played a key role in the firm's transformation from an operating conglomerate.

During his career, Miller has served in various treasury and financial management roles, including treasurer, chief financial officer and director of corporate acquisitions. His current responsibilities include the management of all fundraising and investor relations operations, along with credit and treasury functions across Harbert Management Corporation. Before joining Harbert Corporation, Miller held various project management positions with Brown & Root in Houston, Texas and Venezuela.

     
  Carolyn Brinson Reed '65
Birmingham, Alabama

Reed graduated from Auburn in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is the founder and president of Société Académique, a group of Auburn alumni who gather for dinner and intellectual pursuits, and she created the President’s Council of Birmingham. Reed is also a director of the Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation. She is a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board, the 1856 Society, College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council and the Jule Collins Smith Museum Founder’s Circle. She also served on the Campaign Steering Committee and Museum Campaign Committee for the "It Begins at Auburn" campaign. She has two children with her late husband.

     
  W. Allen Reed '70
Johns Island, South Carolina

Reed graduated from Auburn in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He went on to obtain an MBA from Georgia State University in 1976. He retired in April 2006 as chairman of the GM Asset Management Company, the investment management subsidiary of General Motors responsible for managing $165 billion in benefit fund assets for GM and others. Reed served as president and CEO from 1994–2005. He also served as chairman and CEO of the GM Trust Bank and as corporate vice president of General Motors Corporation until 2005. He is a member of the Engineering Eagles Society and the Samford Society. Reed is married to Martha '69, and they have two children.

     
     
  Wayne T. Smith '68
Nashville, Tennessee

Smith graduated from Auburn in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in general education and in 1969 with a master's degree. He went on to earn a master’s in health administration from Trinity University. He is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc. Smith has been selected by the readers of Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for seven consecutive years. He is a recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, and a member of the 1856 Society, Education National Advisory Council, Dean’s Circle, Research Advisory Council and AGF National Campaign Committee. He was also involved with the recent “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. He is married to Cheryl, a 1968 Auburn graduate, and they have one daughter.

     
  Bill Stone '75
Birmingham, Alabama

Stone graduated from Auburn in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in building science. He is president of Stone Building Company, a privately held commercial and industrial building-construction firm with annual sales of $25 million. He is also director of The Stone Family Foundation. Stone is a member of the Museum Founder’s Circle, the Auburn University President’s Council in Birmingham, the 1856 Society and the Petrie Society. He is a former CADC executive board member and CADC campaign committee chair. He is the father of Auburn alum Stuart '10, and current Auburn senior Paul.

     
  Jeffrey “Jeff” I. Stone '79
Birmingham, Alabama

Stone graduated from Auburn in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. As regional president for Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the Southeast’s leading contracting and construction management firms, Stone oversees operations for more than $1 billion in annual construction revenues, 11 operating divisions and projects in 15 states. Stone is a member of the 1856 Society, the Petrie Society, the Engineering Keystone Society and the Engineering Campaign Leadership Team, and he is former chairman of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. He is married to Linda, and they have three children.

     
  Hon. Clement C. Torbert, Jr. (Bo) '51
Opelika, Alabama

Torbert received a bachelor's degree from Auburn in 1951 and a juris doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1954. Torbert is a retired chief of justice for the Alabama Supreme Court for two terms. For twenty-three years, Bo practiced law in Opelika. In 1958, he was elected to represent Lee County in the state legislature. In 1966 and 1974, he was elected to the Alabama Senate. The Capitol Press Corps named him "most outstanding freshman legislator" in 1959 and "most effective senator" ten years later. Torbert taught at both the University of Alabama School of Law and Cumberland School of Law. He is currently a partner with Maynard, Cooper and Gale, PC in Montgomery. Torbert is a member of the 1856 Society and Museum Founder's Circle. He is a former member of the Research Advisory Council. He is married to Gene '50, and has three children.

     
 

Michael A. Watson (Mike) '69
Smyrna, Georgia

Watson graduated from Auburn in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in history. He retired after 32 years of service from BellSouth in 2006 as senior director of Community Relations and CEO of the BellSouth Foundation. In 2008, he took over the reigns as President and Chief Executive Officer to the Foundation of Wesley Woods in Atlanta, Ga. Mike was chairman of the Atlanta USO for the benefit of all men and women serving in the Armed Forces. He was the coordinator for fundraising in Georgia for Tigers Unlimited during the last campaign and served as co-chair for the Atlanta Regional Campaign and director of the Atlanta Auburn Club. In addition to past service as a member of the Auburn Alumni Association board of directors, he served as board vice president and was a founding member of the association's Circle of Excellence. He is a member of the Petrie Society and Auburn Alumni Association, and a former member of the National Campaign Committee. He is married to Cindy and has one son, Kevin, a 1997 Auburn graduate.

     
  Dwight Wiggins '62
Scottsdale, Arizona

Wiggins graduated from Auburn with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He rose through the ranks at Exxon in positions of increasing responsibility over nearly three decades before moving to Tosco Refining as the firm’s president in 1993. He was also named as executive vice president.  He has served on the New York regional campaign committee, the College of Engineering Leadership Team, and as chair of Engineering’s Development Committee. He is a member of the 1856 Society, the Petrie Society, and the Engineering Eagles Society.  His legacy will be recognized as well through the Dwight L. Wiggins Mechanical Engineering Hall, named for his father. He is married to Sara (Sally) ’62, and they have two children.

     
  Michael Williams, M.D.
Auburn, Alabama

Williams graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and went on to earn an M.D. from the University of Michigan College of Medicine in 1984. He has been an interventional cardiologist with Auburn Cardiovascular since 1998. He practiced at the Heart Center of East Alabama from 1993–1998. He currently serves as a member of the College of Sciences and Mathematics Leadership Council, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Peace Community Development and for the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County. He is a certified diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease. He is married to Patricia, and they have three children.

     
  Wendy S. Wilson '88
Huntsville, Alabama

Wilson graduated from Auburn in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in business. She is owner, president and chief executive officer of Aero Thermo Technology Inc., also known as AT2. AT2 has provided engineering, advisory and assistance support services to the Department of Defense since 1989. Her responsibilities include formulating the company’s business strategy and articulating her strategic vision to AT2 Directors for Advanced Programs, Space and Missile Programs and Engineering Services. She also manages day-to-day operations. Wilson is a former member of the regional Campaign Business Shareholder organization and is a member of the 1856 Society. She is married to Curtis Benzle.

 

Ex-Officio Members

Jay Gogue '69
Auburn, Alabama
President
Auburn University

Gogue is a two-time Auburn graduate in horticulture, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's in 1971. In 1973, he earned a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University.  He worked for the National Park Service from 1973 to 1986, rising to the position of chief administrative scientist for several regions of the U.S. Park System. He began his career in higher education administration in 1986 as associate director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University, where he also served as vice president for research and vice president/vice provost for agriculture and natural resources. Utah State University selected Gogue as provost in 1995. He was named president of New Mexico State University in 2000 and, in 2003, named president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System. Gogue began his tenure as Auburn University's 18th president in 2007. He and his wife, Susie, have three children and two grandchildren.

Bobby Poundstone '95
Montgomery, Alabama
President
Auburn Alumni Association

Poundstone, a third-generation Auburn graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management) in 1995. He resides in Montgomery and is serving a two-year term as President of the Alumni Association. After graduating from Auburn, Poundstone received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1999. He is a partner with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP. Poundstone is a litigator who represents clients in matters pending in Federal and State trial and appellate courts. He is also active in various professional organizations and civic causes. He is married to Katie, a 1996 graduate, and they have two children.

John G. Veres III
Montgomery, Alabama

Chancellor
Auburn University Montgomery

Veres earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from Auburn Montgomery and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Auburn University. In 2006, he became the first alumnus to serve as chancellor of Auburn Montgomery. His appointment followed six years as executive director of the university's Outreach Division, where he oversaw four centers which conduct applied research and provide consulting services.  He also spent 18 years as director of AUM's Center for Business and Economic Development. An organizational psychologist, Veres has published three books on management issues and numerous articles and chapters in the field.  His recent research interests have centered on test validation and limiting the effects of racial differences in panel composition on structured situational interview outcomes.  Veres serves on the boards of the Alabama Technology Foundation, the Alabama World Affairs Council, the Auburn University Foundation, the Catholic Housing Authority of Montgomery, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery Area YMCA and the River Region United Way.

 

Emeritus Directors


Sally Jones Hill '63
Ocala, Florida

Hill graduated from Auburn in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. In 2006, she became an emeritus director after serving 20 years on the Auburn University Foundation Board and was president the last two years of her directorship.  She served as co-chair of the “It Begins at Auburn” campaign and is a former member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and the Business Advisory Council. She serves on the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Board and was the first female to receive the Laurel Crowned Circle. She received the Algeron Sydney Sullivan Award in 1963 and the Distinguished Service Key in 1998. Hill is former president and founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board. She is married to James M. Hill IV, and they have two children.

James E. Martin '54
Decatur, Alabama

Martin graduated from Auburn in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural administration. He later received a master’s in agricultural economics from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in agricultural economics from Iowa State University. Martin served as a department head and later as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1975, he became vice president of agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, and in 1981, president of the University of Arkansas System and chancellor of the Fayetteville campus. In 1984, he became Auburn’s 14th president, establishing the Eminent Scholar program and the University Tag Program.  He retired in 1992 and is a former member of the Architecture Advisory Council, among other notable positions and honors. He is married to Ann, and they have three children.


Albert J. Smith Jr. '47
Houston, Texas

Smith graduated from Auburn in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In 1969, he founded Power Systems Engineering Inc. and served as president, chairman and chief executive officer. In 1990, PSE Inc. merged with Destec Energy Inc., and he remained vice chairman and director of Destec until he and his son formed BrightStar Group Ltd. later that year. He was named Executive of the Year by “Independent Energy” magazine in 1989 and was later inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. Smith also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auburn Alumni Association. He is a former member of the AAA Board and has served on several university committees. He is married to Jule Collins Smith, and they have three children.


 

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