Inaugural Forehand Leadership Scholars Named

Published: May 16, 2007 2:27:49 PM
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Joe Forehand

Joe Forehand

Through an initial gift of more than $570,000 from alumnus Joe W. Forehand, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has established the Forehand Leadership Scholarship Endowment. This endowment will provide scholarships to recognize current Auburn University industrial and systems engineering (ISE) students who have demonstrated academic excellence along with strong leadership potential. Forehand's gift reflects his ongoing commitment to Auburn Engineering.

"My roots are in this state - my history is here. So much of what I have achieved and of what I have become - as a man and a professional - I owe to Auburn," said Forehand in discussing the reason for his gift. The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has named two inaugural Forehand Scholars for spring 2007.

Heather Layne

Heather M. Layne

Heather Layne, a senior from Montgomery, has been involved in numerous and varied campus organizations that have promoted service to the university and community. Within these activities, she has served in a number of leadership capacities that have incorporated organizational and interactive planning.

Layne has served as a member of the Student Government Association's (SGA) Freshman Forum, treasurer of her social sorority, SOS orientation leader for students transferring to Auburn, and a member of the AU Academic Honesty Committee. Through the Birdsong scholarship program, she was granted a study abroad opportunity to Austria last summer.

"Aside from the European culture in which I was immersed, my study abroad experience exposed me to people literally all over the world," Layne said. "I hope that this exposure to different cultures has shaped and will continue to shape me into a better student and future engineer."

During her senior year, she served as vice-president of her sorority and was selected a member of Cater Society, an honorary group of fifteen senior women recognized for their leadership qualities and contributions to Auburn University. Currently, Layne serves as a member of SGA's Elections Board whose goal is to maintain a fair campaigning season. She has also served as an ambassador to the College of Engineering through the Cupola Engineering Society for the past three years.

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson, a junior in ISE, is from the Birmingham area. A recent inductee into Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Patterson has completed three co-op semesters with Kaydon Custom Filtration Corporation in LaGrange, Ga.

"While my hands-on learning experiences have enriching my learning experience at Auburn, I believe even more beneficial is the level of professionalism, maturity and leadership my co-op experience has afforded me," says Patterson. "While these traits are not necessarily learned through one's course of study, they are essential in the workplace and are among those characteristics expected by employers."

Patterson is also an active contributor to the greater community. He is involved with Auburn Christian Fellowship as well as Auburn University Housing and Residence Life.

"Each of these activities has allowed me to grow and refine my leadership skills," Patterson said. "My involvement has been a real complement to the academic experience I have been blessed to have."

Raised in Alexander City, Ala., Joe Forehand graduated from Auburn with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1971. He received a master's degree in industrial management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1972, as well as an honorary doctorate of management.

Forehand joined Accenture in 1972 in its Atlanta office and became a partner 10 years later. He was named CEO in November 1999 and chairman of the board of directors in February 2001. Forehand led the company through a period of significant change and growth. During that time, Accenture grew from 66,000 employees and $9.6 billion in net revenues to 103,000 employees and $13.7 billion in net revenues.