Orville “Butch” Bach Jr. may have graduated from Auburn with a degree in business, but the forestry and wildlife classes he took as an undergraduate also had a tremendous impact on his life. Bach supplemented his business education at Auburn with classes in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, and resource economics. While he spent his professional career as a professor of business and economics at Walters State Community College in Tennessee, these extra classes prepared him to work during the summers as a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park.
“I owe everything that I have achieved to my Auburn education and the faculty members who emphasized integrity, ethics, and leadership. My professors were outstanding, and I was very well prepared for my career at Walters State and my work with the National Park Service,” he said. In 2006, Bach retired from Walters State and he and his wife Margaret moved to Bozeman, Mont., where he continues to work for the National Park Service.
When he recently made the decision to give back to his alma mater, Bach felt the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences was a natural fit. “I would love to see Auburn contribute to maintaining healthy and diverse forest communities in Alabama and continue its focus on educating, interpreting, preserving and conserving our natural resources,” he said. “I also want to see Auburn continue to feature outstanding, inspired, dedicated faculty providing a great education to our younger generations on how to be good stewards of God’s great creations.”