Endowed Chairs and Professorships

R. Hugh Daniel Endowed Professorship


Hugh Daniel was born in Elberton, Georgia in 1906. The Daniel family moved across the Savannah River to Anderson, South Carolina around 1915. Hugh Daniel attended The Citadel in Greenville, South Carolina graduating as valedictorian of the Class of 1929. In 1934 Daniel joined his older brother at Daniel Construction Company. The following year Hugh moved to Birmingham, Alabama and opened the Daniel Construction Company of Alabama. Over the next several decades Daniel continued to expand and diversify the construction company, served three years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps and co-founded Central Bank & Trust (now Compass Bank).

In 1978 a private foundation was created in South Carolina. Later that year, the assets of that foundation were split with half remaining in South Carolina and the other half used to create The Daniel Foundation of Alabama. The Daniel Foundation of Alabama’s mission is to strengthen communities within Alabama and improve the quality of life for citizen from all regions of Alabama through the support of quality educational programs, arts and culture, civic and community programs, and medical care and research.

This professorship supports the Construction and Real Estate Development educational experience for Auburn students while also honoring Mr. R. Hugh Daniel’s legacy. Professors further the knowledge, principles and outreach available to our communities. Bill Stone, President of Stone Building Company, and The Stone Family Foundation provided the match in order to fully fund this professorship honoring Mr. R. Hugh Daniel.