ISE alums establish latest professorships

Published: Feb 8, 2010 2:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

Auburn University alumni Daniel F. Breeden '57 and Joe W. Forehand Jr. '71 recently established professorships for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering under an initiative that created more than 90 endowed professorships across Auburn's campus. Awarded faculty members will be full-time, tenured professors who demonstrate a strong commitment to students, instruction, research and service.

Breeden and his wife Josephine have created two Breeden Professorships, one college-wide and one designated for a faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The Forehand Professorship is also allocated for a faculty member in the department.

Breeden, retired CEO of Rees Inc., a manufacturer of electromechanical industrial control switches, has previously invested in a number of endowments that provide faculty support to the college. He also holds an honorary degree from Auburn and has served on the Auburn University Foundation board.

Forehand joined Accenture in 1972. He became a partner after only 10 years and later served as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. During that time, Accenture grew to more than 100,000 employees and $13.7 billion in net revenues.

These new professorships, in addition to the Tim Cook Professorship in Industrial and Systems Engineering which was created this fall by Auburn alumnus Tim Cook '82, chief operating officer of Apple Inc., will bring the number of new professorships established by the department's alumni to four. The Cook Professorship supports a faculty member in the department who demonstrates exemplary instruction, research and mentorship, principles of teaching that Cook believes contributed to his success as an Auburn engineering student.