Rowe, Mike and Leann


We want to enable all students who have a desire and ability to succeed, regardless of need or merit.

Auburn was where I learned to learn. It’s where I learned to communicate with others, and it’s where I met my wife, Leann. We’ve been fortunate in our lives — we’ve made more good decisions than bad ones, and we believe Auburn is a great learning institution for every person who wants an education. We want to enable all students who have a desire and ability to succeed, regardless of need or merit.

I was what you would call an “average student.” Yet average students are the people who are the entrepreneurs and gamblers of tomorrow. They are the ones who are going to make this country better and build future jobs. These students are this country’s future, and we need to provide them with every chance to succeed. That’s why we believe it is so important for entrepreneurs to give back.

Mike Rowe '78, Agriculture
Leann Rowe '78, Liberal Arts
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