Mike Hassinger, 770/934-3961


AUBURN -- The Auburn University College of Human Sciences selected Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International, as the recipient of the college's International Quality of Life Award for 2000.

The award was presented to Fuller during a dinner Monday night in New York.

Fuller was chosen because "his work exemplifies a commitment to innovative, sustainable partnerships that provide demonstrable results to improving the quality of human life around the world," said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences.

"Millard Fuller is an inspiration to everyone who knows him and a great source of pride for all of us associated with his alma mater, Auburn University. Habitat for Humanity reminds us that a university's greatest contributions come through its graduates and that our greatest mission is to help improve the quality of life for all people."

Fuller joined such luminaries as South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Don Logan, chairman and CEO of Time, Inc.; Lawrence Klein, 1980 Nobel Laureate in cconomics; and Catherine Bertini, as winners of the Quality of Life Award

The award was established in 1994 by the College of Human Sciences to honor those who have made significant contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world.

Fuller, whose commitment to eliminating substandard housing throughout the world began in 1976 when he and his wife Linda founded Habitat for Humanity International, has become a world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. In 2000, Habitat for Humanity surpassed the 100,000 home milestone and conquered poverty housing in Sumter County, Ga., where HFHI is based.

"Millard Fuller's commitment and achievements are truly awe- inspiring," said Henton. "He has forged a new type of partnership among lenders, builders, potential homeowners and those who share his view that no one should live in poverty housing. His partnerships, unique methods and sheer will have met a basic human need for hundreds of thousands of people who would otherwise suffer deplorable living conditions."

"Everyone -- all of us, every last person on God's earth -- deserves decent shelter," said Fuller. "We have the know-how in the world to house everyone. We have the resources in the world to house everyone. All that's missing is the will to do it. I have believed this since I founded Habitat, and I still do. I am deeply honored to recognized by the College of Human Sciences at Auburn, and rewarded by them for acting on my beliefs."

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CONTACT: Henton, 334/844-4790; or Mike Hassinger, 770/934-3961.