Lifetime Achievement Award


The Lifetime Achievement Award


The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and service to the university. It was established in 2001 to honor extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. Recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards are selected by a committee of Auburn administrators, trustees, faculty and alumni.

2016 Recipients

This year’s recipients were Jane B. Moore, retired faculty member of Auburn University; Edward Lee "Ed Lee" Spencer '52, chairman of the board of AuburnBank; Col. James Shelton "Jim" Voss '72, NASA astronaut; and Walter Stanley "Walt" Woltosz '69, owner of Simulations Plus Inc.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and the Young Alumni Award recipient were honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on March 12, 2016, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

A Press Release is available for download.

Jane B. Moore

Jane B. Moore made significant professional contributions to Auburn University over a 28-year career on the faculty of the College of Education and the Department of Health and Human Performance (now the School of Kinesiology). Her service to Auburn has been recognized with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award, which recognizes Auburn women exemplifying grace, character and a community-minded spirit. Moore collaborated with other researchers within Auburn University's Motor Behavior Laboratory, making scholarly contributions to advance the understanding about how children move and learn to move. She was the first woman to serve on the Auburn University Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2003, she became the first woman at Auburn to have an athletic facility named solely in her honor when the Auburn Softball Complex was renamed Jane B. Moore Field in recognition of her dedication and service to athletics at Auburn University. Active in community service, Moore is an annual member of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Edward Lee "Ed Lee" Spencer Class of 1952

Ed Lee Spencer was the first Fulbright Scholarship recipient from Auburn University. After completing his studies, he worked at Spencer Lumber Co., then expanded his interest in construction by establishing Lee Electrical Supply, Spencer Heating and Air and Auburn Millwork. In 1975, Spencer joined AuburnBank's Board of Directors and, in 1985, became chairman of the board. In 1990, he was named president and CEO of AuburnBank and currently is again serving as chairman of the board. Under his leadership, the bank added branches in other cities in Alabama and moved from $25 million in total assets to more than $668 million by the end of 2007. In 1991, U.S. Banker magazine named AuburnBank among the nation's top 200 community banks, the only bank in Alabama to receive this recognition. In 2011, Spencer was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. Active in community service, where he has been a longtime advocate of affordable housing for moderate-income families, Spencer and his wife, the former Ruth Priester, have three grown children. He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Col. James Shelton "Jim" Voss Class of 1972

Jim Voss went to work at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 1984 and was selected as an astronaut in 1987, training for space shuttle flights as well as training in Russia as a backup crew member to the Mir Space Station. Beginning in 1991, Voss began 10 years of shuttle space flights, including 163 days as a member of the Expedition 2 crew on the International Space Station. Since his retirement from NASA in 2003, Voss has been a professor and associate dean of engineering at Auburn, vice president for space exploration systems at the Transformational Space Corp., vice president of engineering for SpaceDev and director of advanced programs at Sierra Nevada Corp. In 2009, Voss joined the faculty of the University of Colorado as a full-time Scholar in Residence. He was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in 2001. Voss is married to the former Suzan Curry '71, a member of the Dean's Leadership Council in the Auburn College of Science and Mathematics. The couple has one daughter. Jim and Suzan Voss are joint life members of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Walter Stanley "Walt" Woltosz Class of 1969

Walt Woltosz developed his first augmentative communication system for persons with severe communication disabilities after his mother-in-law was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). That first iteration, which is still on display at the Smithsonian Institute two decades later, led him in 1981 to establish Words+, a company that offered many firsts for communication needs for the severely disabled. Renowned astrophysicist Sir Stephen Hawking wrote "A Brief History of Time" using Woltosz's technology in 1988. In the late 1990s, Woltosz turned his inventor's eye to the development of simulation and modeling software for drug discovery and development, and today his products are used by the world's top 15 pharmaceutical firms to analyze new products. Woltosz serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, is chairman of the council's research committee, serves on the Auburn University Foundation Board and funded the Woltosz Engineering Research Laboratory in the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. Woltosz and his wife, Virginia, have homes in Auburn and in California. He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Photos from the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony

2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Previous Award Winners


Young Alumni Achievement


Young Alumni Achievement Award


The Young Alumni Achievement Award, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, has been created to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. One recipient will be recognized each year for significant achievement in his/her professional life and/or for distinguished community service. The award will be presented as part of the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet and Ceremony held in March.

2016 Recipient

Joel Shumaker

Lt. William Joel "Joel" Shumaker Class of 2005

School of Nursing

Joel Shumaker served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and enrolled in the School of Nursing in 2003. After graduating in 2005, Shumaker worked as a registered nurse with the Navy as he rapidly moved up the ranks, being promoted to charge nurse, department head and division officer in three years. In June 2013, Lieutenant Shumaker was deployed to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa, the only enduring U.S. military base on the African continent. At Camp Lemonnier, Shumaker was one of only four nurses caring for more than 6,200 qualified beneficiaries from all four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Also while at Camp Lemonnier, Shumaker served the surrounding communities by making multiple weekly trips to a local orphanage and to shelters for street children. Shumaker served as department head of the maternal/infant unit at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, before transitioning to Navy Reserves in December 2014. He currently manages 41 in-patient beds in the medical/surgical/oncology specialties at St. Vincent's East Hospital in Birmingham. Shumaker has three daughters and is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.


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Alumni Professor Award


Twenty-five, five-year non-renewable Alumni Professorships are sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, with funds endowed from annual giving. The Alumni Writer-in-Residence, a creative writer from the English faculty, is the only ongoing appointment. The Professorships carry an annual $3,500 salary supplement. The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost calls for nominations from department heads through deans. The awards are presented on the basis of research, publishing, and teaching.


Sushil Adhikari

Sushil Adhikari

Biosystems Engineering
College of Agriculture

Oladiran Fasina

Oladiran Fasina

Biosystems Engineering
College of Agriculture


Ellen Behrend
Clinical Sciences, Vet Med

Virginia Davis
Chemical Engineering

Lisa Samuelson
Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Peter Johnson
Mathematics and Statistics

Valentina Hartarska
Agriculture Economics

Art Chappelka
Forestry and Wildlife

Dong-Joo Kim
Mechanical Engineering

Yu Lin

Nannan Liu
Entomology and Plant Pathology

Haroldo Toro
Veterinary Pathobiology

D. Allen Davis
Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures

Henry Kinnucan
Ag. Econ & Rural Sociology

Herbert Jack Rotfeld

Henry Fadamiro
Entomology and Plant Pathology

Narendra K. Govil
Mathematics and Statistics

Aleksandr Simonian
Mechanical Engineering

Daowei Zhang
Forestry and Wildlife Sciences



The Distinguished Graduate
Faculty Lectureship


Jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the AU Graduate School, the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award carries with it a $2,000 award from the Alumni Association. The recipients are nominated by deans, department heads, etc. and chosen by the Graduate Faculty Council on the basis of excellence in research.


Barry Burkhart

Barry Burkhart

College of Liberal Arts


Paula R. Backscheider

Dr. S. D. Worley

Dr. Gary Gruenhage

Dr. Chris Newland

Malcom Crocker: Mechanial Engineering

Dr. Kimberly C. Walls: Music Education

Dr. Bernhard Kaltenboeck: Pathobiology

Dr. Ram Gupta: Chemical Engineering

Dr. Olav Kallenberg: Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Vitaly Vodyanoy: Physiology

Jacquelyn Mize: Human Development and Family Studies

Jitrendra K. Tugnait: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Krystyna Kuperberg: Mathematics

Daniel Szechi: History

David B. South: Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

W. Daniel Lewis: History

L. Bruce Gladden: Health and Human Performance

Chris Rodger: Discrete and Statistical Sciences

Richard C. Jaeger: Electrical Engineering



Undergraduate Teaching
Excellence Award


This award is given to teachers who are exceptional in their quality of teaching, knowledge of subject,interest in students and availability to them, impact on the nominator's personal educational experience, and influence within Auburn University. Teachers are nominated by students, alumni, and colleagues.Recipients are honored each year and each receive an honorarium award of $1,000 and a plaque.

The 2017 nominations are now open. Please click below to download the form in order to nominate a candidate.



Wallace Berry

Wallace D. Berry

Poultry Science
College of Agriculture

Tiffany Sippial

Tiffany Sippial

College of Liberal Arts


Previous Recipients

Brian Connelly: Business Management
Stephen Schmidt: Animal Sciences
Rod Turochy: Civil Engineering

Christy L. Bratcher: Agriculture
Sang-Eun Byun: Human Sciences
Jill Crystal: Liberal Arts

Robert S. Boyd: Sciences and Mathematics
Shelly McKee: Agriculture
Karla Simmons: Human Sciences

Sridhar Krishnamurti: Liberal Arts
Veena Chattaraman: Human Sciences
Jung Won Hur: Education

Stuart Wentworth: Engineering
Wheeler Foshee: Horticulture
Theresa McCormick: Education


Carolyn Robinson: Horticulture
Shari Park-Gates: Consumer Affairs
Ted Becker: Political Science

Kelly Bryant: Graphic Design
Joey Shaw: Agronomy & Soils
Ed Williams: Communication & Journalism

Mark Byrne: Chemical Engineering
Elizabeth Brestan Knight: Psychology
Phillip Zenor: Mathematics & Statistics

Brian Gibson: Aviation Managemen
Sheri Brock: Health & Human Performance
Paula Peek: Consumer Affairs

Jack B. Brown: Mathematics & Statistics
William J. Moar: Entomology & Plant Pathology
Christine Sundermann: Biological Sciences

Roger Lien: Poultry Science
Pamela V. Ulrich: Consumer Affairs


James E. Brown: Horticulture
Steven P. Brown: Political Science
Margaret Fitch-Hauser: Communication & Journalism
Susan Hubbard: Nutrition & Food Science
Nels Madsen: Mechanical Engineering
Gary Waters: Finance

Louise Katainen: Foreign Languages & Literatures
Russell B. Muntifering: Animal & Dairy Sciences
Marilyn Read: Consumer Affairs
Douglas Robinson: Science & Mathematics
David Williams: Horticulture

Clarence D. Brown, Jr.: Rehabilitation & Special Education
Wayne E. Clark: Entomology & Plant Pathology
Lenda Jo Anderson Connell: Consumer Affairs
William Hardy, Jr.: Agricultural Economics
Kelley D. Jolley: Philosophy
Mary T. Mendonca: Biological Sciences

1999–1987 Recipients (pdf)

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