Alabama NewsCenter — Auburn University names Bill and Carol Ham Amphitheatre in honor of former mayor and his wife

| November 14, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

By Jonathan Ashley Osborne and Neal Reid
Auburn University

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University recently announced the official naming of the Bill and Carol Ham Amphitheatre with a dedication ceremony.

Nearly 200 guests, including local dignitaries, university officials, friends and relatives joined the Hams in celebrating the occasion at the Gogue Center. The new name, approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees in September, honors the Hams’ service to the community and their transformative impact on the cultural landscape of the university and the city of Auburn.

“Carol and I are honored to have our names on this wonderful amphitheater,” said Bill Ham, who was Auburn’s mayor for two decades. “The Gogue Center is at the forefront of providing performing arts to Auburn and the surrounding area, and as a community, we are treated to dozens of wonderful events, including ones that teach the arts to Auburn youth, surrounding communities’ students and students at Auburn University. It’s a place where the city and the university interface in the same way the community supports university sporting events.

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