Jacobs, Galbreath recognized at Spring 2011 Initiation

Mr. Jay Jacobs, Athletic Director for Auburn University, and Ms. Ann Galbreath, Information Technical Specialist for the Office of Development, were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

JacobsMr. Jay Jacobs (pictured on right with Phi Kappa Phi President Paul Harris) received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Business Administration from Auburn University and has served as chief administrator of Auburn University’s Department of Athletics since January 2005. During this time he has been an exemplary manager of 220 employees, 21 varsity sports, and an Athletics Department budget in excess of 87 million dollars annually. As Athletic Director, Mr. Jacobs has overseen 162 million dollars in renovation and construction to Auburn athletic facilities. During his tenure Auburn athletics has received 17 Southeastern Conference championships and 9 National Championships including the 2010 BCS National Championship in football. In addition to the accomplishments by athletic teams, Mr. Jacobs has encouraged and emphasized the academic accomplishments of Auburn athletes. During the 2010-2011 academic year, over 200 Auburn student-athletes were honored as Academic “Top Tigers” for attaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Also, the NCAA has awarded Auburn sports with 6 public recognitions for scoring in the 90-100th percentile nationally in the Academic Progress Rate. Mr. Jacobs is a leader, advocate of excellence in sports and academics, and an outstanding member of the Auburn community.

Ms. Ann Galbreath has worked as the Information Technical Specialist and Program Administrator for Information Management Services in the Office of Alumni and Development Support Services since 2003. She graduated from Auburn magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and minors in Industrial Engineering and German. Ms. Galbraith has previously worked for Leeward Community College in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Internal Revenue Service, and the University of Vermont. Currently Ms. Galbreath is the primary staff liaison between Auburn University and the software vendor program manager. She and her team are responsible for converting 300,000 data records from an old legacy system to a new advanced application while ensuring data integrity and customer happiness. Through her outstanding academic record, continued service to Auburn University, and her commitment to excellence in her field, Ms. Galbreath exemplifies the ideals represented by Phi Kappa Phi.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding members of the Auburn University family.

Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It promotes the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education; recognized outstanding achievement by students, faculty, and others through election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement; and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

The Auburn University chapter was established in 1914 and initiates more than 400 members annually. Membership is open to qualified scholars with integrity and high ethical standards from all academic disciplines.