Auburn, Ala. (via Auburn OCM) -- The All-Star Lecture Series will take place Fridays before home football games at 3 p.m. in the Goodwin Room of the Auburn Alumni Center. Sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn Athletics, the Office of Communications and Marketing, and OLLI@Auburn.
David Housel spent the better part of his working life at Auburn University. He came to Auburn as a student in 1965. After a brief stint as news editor of The Huntsville News, he was hired by the University in 1970. In his 36 years at Auburn, he worked as Athletic Ticket Manager, Journalism instructor, sports information director (1981-93) and, from 1994 until 2005, Director of Athletics. (Photo right: David Housel)
In his time as Athletic Director, Auburn won eight national championships, more than 30 SEC titles, had its highest graduation rates ever and finished every year financially in the black, one of a very few athletic departments in the country to do so.
He is the author of six books, including the “Auburn University Football Vault” and co-author of “The Alabama-Auburn Football Vault.”
He is a member of three halls of fame, including the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame. The press box at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium is named in his honor. He received Distinguished Service Award from, among others, the Walter Camp Football Foundation in New Haven. Ct, the Birmingham Touchdown Club and the Alabama Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. He was chosen Distinguished Citizen of Lee County by the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. (Photo left: coin for Auburn's Arkansas game coin toss - celebrating 75 years of Jordan-Hare.)
He is active in church and community affairs and has served on the Boards of the Presbyterian Community Ministry, the American Red Cross, Auburn Preservation League and chaired a campaign for the Child Advocacy Center of Lee County and East Alabama.
He had three goals in life: To be thin, rich and happy. Having failed miserably on the first two, he is now concentrating on the third, being happy, by reading several books a month and playing as much golf as he can. (Image right, Jordan-Hare anniversary logo)
A member of two men’s book clubs, Housel also hosts and moderates a student book club for the Honors College of Alabama here at Auburn.