AGC elects Eddie Stewart President
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA), the nation's largest and oldest construction trade association, held its annual convention in New Orleans recently. Students and faculty from the McWhorter School of Building Science at the convention received some exciting news: Eddie Stewart, a Montgomery executive and president of Caddell Construction, was named president of the AGCA. In the 100-year history of Alabama AGC, Stewart is the first national president from Alabama to lead the AGCA.
Richard Burt, Head of the McWhorter School of Building Science, considered it a great honor for the program to be involved in the installation of Alabama’s first ever National AGC President. “What makes this news extraordinary is that Stewart is a big supporter of the AU program, and serves on the school’s Construction Industry Fund Administrative Committee,” he said.
At the convention, Auburn’s AGC student chapter and the distance graduate education programs showcased the McWhorter School of Building Science. According to student chapter president, Jarrett Jackson, the AGCA seeks to connect Auburn University students with construction industry professionals who are committed to the next generation of construction, business and community leaders. The AGC Builders Guild provides students with activities that complement the curriculum and enhance classroom learning and social networks including service projects, student socials, attendance at industry events, field trips, and student competitions. The Auburn student chapter of the Alabama chapter of the AGCA is open to all undergraduate and graduate BSCI and Pre-BSCI students.
“Our monthly meetings are great opportunities to share knowledge and to network with industry professionals,” Jackson said. “It helps our members be better connected and prepared for a career in the construction industry.”
Another important aspect of the student chapter is its involvement in the community. Throughout the year, several initiatives and projects are undertaken to give back to the community. “By being involved, we are providing a tangible help to people in need and are helping to develop an attitude of service among our members,” added Jackson.
“The chapter provides many benefits, but developing leadership skills and the opportunity to network with industry leaders are two important perks of the membership,” added Burt, faculty advisor to the chapter. “Having Eddie in the position of National President, and Alex Whaley III as Alabama AGC President serves as a great motivation for our AGC student chapter members. It shows what can be achieved through exceptional leadership and sustained dedication to the industry.”