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Dye-Gest Column: The Strength of Auburn

College Hall of Fame football coach Pat Dye writes about Auburn University in this edition of his Dye-Gest column.

With Auburn’s academic and athletic year winding down, only the baseball Tigers and track and field teams haven’t finished their seasons. This is probably as good of a time as any to give a shout out to the Auburn Family.

The alumni and others who support the university are a big part in making Auburn a great place for students to attend college. I also want to say thank you to Dr. Jay Gogue for the outstanding job of leadership he has done over the past 10 years as the university president. As he retires from his post he should feel good about the job has done in so many areas.

In my opinion the whole university has never been stronger than it is today. A part of that is because the alumni association has raised more than a billion dollars to support the university, something that helps a variety of different programs. It is a wonderful thing to me in my stage of life to see how far the university has come in the 35 years I have been here, and the generosity of alumni has a lot to do with it.

I truly enjoy being around Auburn students and graduates, and it is no surprise to me that so many of them have gone on to be very successful in the business world or whatever they chose to do when they leave here. The success of Auburn University is something that doesn’t happen by accident.

One of the reasons for that success is what the institution stands for and the type of people who choose to come to school here. Another reason is because the type of professors and administrators who decide to come here to teach and be a part of the institution. Of course, nothing is ever perfect, something I understand, but overall the big picture is very encouraging.

Of course, my major involvement with Auburn has been through the athletics program. I enjoy keeping up with the various sports and it is exciting to see competitive teams across the board. I like that Auburn’s athletes have a chance to compete at the highest level and the generosity of Auburn fans through their giving and purchase of tickets to different events makes that possible.

I believe it is a feel-good thing to be an Auburn man or woman, or to be an Auburn student, professor, coach or whatever and be in this circle. Sometimes you need to stop and think about how fortunate we really are. Yes, there have been huge improvements in the facilities and infrastructure across the campus, but it is not the buildings, it’s the people who occupy the buildings that make Auburn special.

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