Oct. 30, 2011
AUBURN -- Gwen Reid is the 2011 recipient of the Pamela Sheffield Award. The Sheffield Award is presented annually to a woman who "best embodies selfless service and a commitment to Auburn University and the Auburn family." She was presented the award during a ceremony at the football game versus Ole Miss.
A close friend of Sheffield's, Reid possesses the passion and devotion required to be presented with such a prestigious award.
"It is a great honor to be named the Pam Sheffield Award recipient for 2011," Reid said. "This award is very special to me as it is named in memory of my friend, Pam Sheffield. When I think of selfless devotion to Auburn and the Auburn Family, Pam comes to mind immediately.
"I have spent most of my adult life connected to Auburn in some way. I was first an Auburn student, then an Auburn parent and for more than 25 years, an Auburn employee. Auburn is center stage in my life. Early in my career, I was encouraged to be passionate about the things I love and to give back in ways that are meaningful."
As Assistant Vice-President of Central Development, Reid has been part of several successful fundraising campaigns for Auburn University, specifically in 2004 and 2008. She is the longest standing member of the fundraising staff.
"Gwen Reid has exemplified the values of the Auburn Creed during her many years of service to Auburn University," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "Gwen is a tireless worker who was a driving force behind the "It Begins at Auburn" capital campaign, the largest capital campaign in our history. She is the ideal recipient of the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award because of her profound love for and her steadfast commitment to Auburn University."
The Pamela Wells Sheffield Award was established April 27, 1991 to honor, commemorate and perpetuate the memory and good works of Pamela Wells Sheffield. Pamela Wells Sheffield was a 1965 graduate of Auburn. She married an Auburn man and she sent her children to Auburn. She was, by any definition, the consummate Auburn woman. Her love for Auburn went beyond affection. Her love was a commitment to Auburn and to its people, its students, staff, faculty and alumni. Auburn people were, and are, her people.