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February 2016

YOU NEED TO KNOW: Jordan Moseley

Jordan865x492Meet Jordan Moseley, the development officer for the College of Agriculture. The Office of Development forms relationships with alumni and friends of the college and connects them to ways they can give back to the College of Agriculture, both monetarily and through service. Moseley was born and raised in Selma, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1994. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, Martee, and their two children, Stewart and Caroline. He also enjoys spending time at Lake Martin with family and friends, hunting, fishing, golfing and attending Auburn athletic events.

What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?

I had an avid Auburn fan that first introduced me to Auburn and Auburn football. She and her family started bringing me to Auburn football games. I decided that Auburn was where I wanted to come to school. But I did not come to Auburn right away. I decided to go to the University of South Alabama when I graduated from high school. I don’t think she talked to me again until that summer after my freshman year, when I called her and asked her if she could help me get into Auburn. She put me in the car the very next day and had me in front of admissions at Mary Martin Hall. And as they say, the rest is history.

Growing up in Selma, I was around agriculture all my life. I had family and friends that farmed and still farm today. But I did not go into agriculture or the ag industry. I spent 16 years in the water and sewer business, working for a wholesale distribution company. I was a branch manager living in Huntsville when I was promoted to oversee our branches in the Southeast. They did not care where I lived, so my wife and I immediately picked up and moved to Auburn.

I began working at Auburn in development in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. When the development officer position in the College of Ag was posted, I knew that it would be the perfect fit. I began working here almost two years ago, and it feels like home.

What does a typical day on the job look like for you?

There are no typical days in development. Every day is different, and that is what I love about it. Our main focus is to be out in front of alumni and friends, so most of the job is spent traveling and meeting with them. We try and identify those individuals or companies that have a passion to see students and the College of Agriculture be successful and are willing to invest in their future.

What is your favorite part of being a development officer?

There are a couple of things that I love about my job. Being able to hear everyone’s “Auburn story” is top on the list. Every story is different, yet all of them have similarities. They either knew all along they were coming to Auburn, or they came to visit and fell in love with it and stayed. Everyone I get to meet and visit with is excited that someone from Auburn has come to see them. I then get to educate them on ways that they can give back. Not everyone is going to be able to give back monetarily, but they can be more involved with their time and talents. When you believe in something and have a passion for something, then you will be willing to invest in that something. Our job in development is to listen to what the potential donor is interested in, at what level they wish to invest, and then to make their wishes a reality for the future of Auburn agriculture.

What is the significance of alumni and friends giving back to the College?

With state funding on the decline and tuition costs going up, it is more and more important for the college to have private philanthropic support. Donors to Auburn and the College of Agriculture can make a difference in students’ lives while they are here at Auburn and long after the have graduated. Alumni and friends do not realize there are many ways to give back. Their dollars can help students, faculty, programs and facilities. No amount is too small…or too big. Endowments, both scholarship and funds for excellence, can be set up with a minimum amount in perpetuity. They can be named in memory or honor of someone or a family. The money that is given today will stay here a long time to help a student grow while receiving an education at Auburn. We want every Auburn ag student to have the best Auburn ag experience. This can be accomplished by the generous philanthropic investments from alumni and friends.

What advice do you have for prospective students who are concerned about finances?

Be proactive about your future! Here in the College of Agriculture, we awarded over $800,000 in scholarships this past year. Auburn has greatly streamlined the scholarship application process by creating the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM). AUSOM is a one-stop shop for students and prospective students to apply for all of the scholarships available to them. The student is then matched with all of the scholarships for which they meet eligibility requirements. The selection process is decided on by a scholarship committee. Some scholarships are major-specific, so it depends on what the student wants to study. All of these scholarships are made possible by alumni and friends of Auburn and the College of Agriculture. There are many opportunities for scholarships outside of Auburn, too. Search the internet, do the work; again, be proactive!  

What is your favorite Auburn tradition?

Tailgating during football season is my favorite tradition. This is a time when your Auburn Family is all together. You get to see life-long friends you made while here at Auburn and meet new friends.  The atmosphere on game day in Auburn is un-matched anywhere. There is something truly special about spending time with the entire Auburn Family on fall Saturdays.