Auburn University Announces $57 Million Gift From Alumni

Auburn University has announced a $57 million gift from alumni John W. ('57) and Rosemary K. Brown ('57).

The largest gift in Auburn's 160-year history will fund construction of a new performing arts center and a student achievement center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The gift was announced in conjunction with the kickoff of the public phase of the university's $1 billion capital campaign, which has raised $775 million to date for new scholarships, chairs and professorships, and programs and facilities.

"We are very happy to give back to Auburn," said John Brown, former CEO and board chair of medical device maker Stryker Corporation. "Auburn was a transformative educational experience for us, preparing Rosemary for her career in teaching and laying the foundation for my various roles in industry."

"We wanted to do something that not only impacted Auburn students, but also something that would impact the entire community," said Rosemary Brown, who retired after a thirty-year career as a math teacher. "That is why we decided to do both the student center and the performing arts center."