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Campaign kicks off with largest philanthropic gift in Auburn’s history
Before Saturday’s kickoff celebration at the A-Day football game, John and Rosemary Brown, both 1957 Auburn graduates, committed to Auburn $57 million, the largest gift in school history. The gift will fund two major new facilities: a new performing arts center and a student achievement center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.
“We are very happy to give back to Auburn,” said John Brown. “Auburn was a transformative educational experience for us, preparing Rosemary for her career in teaching and laying the foundation for my various roles in industry.”
“We wanted to do something that not only impacted Auburn students, but also something that would impact the entire community,” said Rosemary Brown. “That is why we decided to do both the student center and the performing arts center.”
John W. Brown was CEO and chairman of the board of Stryker Corporation, a leading medical device company with annual revenue exceeding $9 billion. Rosemary K. Brown retired after serving as a mathematics teacher for almost 30 years. She has served on many community boards, including the Freed Hardeman University and Kalamazoo College Board of Directors, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Board and currently the Atlanta Opera Board. John serves on the boards of St. Jude Medical, the American Business Conference, and the Auburn University Foundation. He is an inductee in the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Auburn Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a recipient of an honorary law degree from both Freed Hardeman University and Kalamazoo College, the inaugural recipient of the AdvaMed Lifetime Achievement Award and will be the inaugural inductee into Auburn University’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame hosted by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.
- College of Agriculture
- College of Architecture, Design and Construction
- Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
- College of Education
- Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
- School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
- Graduate School
- Honors College
- College of Human Sciences
- College of Liberal Arts
- Auburn University School of Nursing
- Harrison School of Pharmacy
- College of Sciences and Mathematics
- College of Veterinary Medicine
Chairman Emeritus, Stryker Corporation
Pike Road, Alabama
Senior, Wildlife Sciences
President and CEO, East Alabama Medical Center
President, Auburn Alumni Association
Sophomore, Electrical Engineering
CEO, Davidson Technologies
Campaign Committee Chair
Leann Rowe '78, Liberal Arts