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Auburn professor emeritus establishes KPNC Fund for Excellence

By May 10, 2023January 10th, 2024No Comments

Professor Emeritus Glenn Glover has joined his wife Flavin in creating the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Fund for Excellence.

Established with a recent donation, as well as a planned estate gift, the fund will support the operations and long-term maintenance of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center. The goal for the fund is $1 million, which when fully funded, will provide about $50,000 per year to support the KPNC and its programs.

Flavin (left) and Glenn (right) Glover

Flavin and Glenn Glover

Glenn Glover holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the college and held research, teaching and extension appointments. Glover taught forest measurement and wood procurement to scores of Alabama foresters. He also served as biometrician and director of the AU Silvicultural Herbicide Cooperative, retiring in 2006 as professor emeritus.

Flavin Glover worked as an arts and crafts therapist, program director of adult day treatment and director of clinic operations for East Alabama Mental Health Center from 1972 until her retirement in 1998.

In recent years, Glover has been a frequent presence at KPNC asa volunteer, often accompanied by heavy machinery. He has continued to share his knowledge by volunteering at the nature center and by pitching in with his hands and tools when needs arise, says Michael Buckman, director of the KPNC.

“Glenn is a huge help from a volunteer perspective. He brings his tractor out for road work and does all kinds of physical maintenance – retaining walls, all of it,” said Buckman.
The Glovers planned their gift in a way that will allow funds to be used where they are most needed.

“My wife, Flavin, and I were revisiting our planned giving allocations in
2022 and wanted to support the KPNC,” said Glover. “The only established endowments were for specific purposes or programs. So, we decided to create a KPNC endowment that would support a broad range of needs and be open to
anyone to contribute. Flavin and I will contribute in 2023 to kick start the endowment, but encourage others to contribute through one time, annual or planned giving options.”

“The KPNC is a great resource for the community and there are many needs relating to educational programs, maintenance and growth of facilities and programs,” said Janaki Alavalapati, Emmett F. Thompson Dean. “We hope this endowment will open the door for KPNC users and supporters to contribute toward making the facility even better.”

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