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Gov. Ivey visits Auburn for WLI event

The Women’s Leadership Institute in the College of Liberal Arts hosted a lecture and networking reception featuring Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Oct. 26, 2017.

Group photo with Governor Ivey at Auburn

Ivey, an Auburn University alumna (’67), was joined by former Auburn University Student Government Association (SGA) Presidents Cindy Holland Torbert (’89) and Lauren Hayes Smith (’09), along with current SGA President Jacqueline Keck, for the lecture “Auburn Women Leaders, Past and Present.”

College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup welcomed Ivey on stage and introduced her as one of the most distinguished alumni of Auburn University.

"She is without a doubt a trailblazer who is very familiar with the words 'first and only,'" Aistrup said.

Ivey came to Auburn in 1963 and was the first woman on the executive committee of the SGA. She was the only woman in the trumpet section of the marching band, and she is the only Auburn graduate to win five campus-wide elections in four years, including a nomination for Top 5 Miss Homecoming court and president of the women’s SGA.

On April 10, 2017, Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart, who is also an Auburn alumna.

During her speech, Ivey gave the audience tips on how to become a good leader.

“Leadership is not defined by what we know; rather, it is defined by what we’re willing to do with what we know,” she said. “You don’t have to be elected to be a leader. Effective leaders do four things: listen, learn, help, and lead.”

She shared lessons for a successful life, such as “Be prepared in advance,” “If you don’t enter, you can’t win,” and “It’s not enough to just hold a title or a position. It’s more important to provide solutions, to provide services and improvements.”

Ivey was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women's Leadership Institute. The lecture and networking reception was held in celebration of 125 Years of Auburn Women. At the end of her lecture, Ivey welcomed AU President Steven Leath on stage and proclaimed Oct. 22- 28 as the “Auburn Week of Women.”

Written by Vicky Santos, director of external affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University

Last Updated: November 03, 2017