Director of Campus Dining & Concessions
Director of Campus Dining & Concessions
Glenn Loughridge serves as Auburn University’s Director of Campus Dining and Athletics Concessions. A native of Clearwater, Florida, Mr. Loughridge is a 1994 Auburn alumnus, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. Since returning to Auburn in 2012, Mr. Loughridge has worked tirelessly to forge relationships with the Auburn dining contractor, student groups, faculty and staff. He is using his innovative, creative, and forward-thinking skills to create a campus dining experience that is dynamic and responsive to changes in students’ dining needs and tastes.
Mr. Loughridge has received the Spirit of Sustainability Award for his commitment to promoting local foods, reducing waste and bringing healthier options to campus. He has been honored as the SGA Supporter of the Year and was a member of two projects (Aquaponics System and Food Entrepreneur Conference) which received President’s Collaborative Unit Awards for the 2016-17 academic year.
Mr. Loughridge is passionate about promoting Auburn’s rich agricultural heritage, and in 2017 created the Auburn Foods brand to identify foods made by the Auburn family for the Auburn family. Partnering with the College of Agriculture, local farmers and producers, Tiger Dining is bringing fresh, nutritious Auburn Foods to campus to be enjoyed by students, guests, faculty and staff.
Assistant Director, Campus Dining
William Walker serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Dining at Auburn University. His responsibilities include oversight of the operations for more than 30 different dining locations across campus. In addition, he manages the University’s community garden and the Auburn University Wellness Kitchen. William initially joined the University in 2015 as the Manager of the Wellness Kitchen, a state-of-the-art dining facility that focuses on the performance nutrition of the student athletes and moved to his current role in May 2018.
William grew up in Louisiana and developed his passion for cooking from being in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother. He attended culinary school in Denver, Colorado (1995-1996) and has more than 30 years of culinary experience in catering, restaurants, country clubs, and higher education. Most recently, he served as the executive chef at The Hound in Auburn, Alabama. William also served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1996 – 2000.
Accountant III, Campus Dining
Towanna Sears serves as an Accountant III for Campus Dining at Auburn University. Her responsibilities include oversight of accounting for the dining office. In her role, she is responsible for the reconciliation of dining funds, adjustments to students’ Tiger Card balances, and adjustments to students’ Banner ebill accounts. She also is responsible for processing the direct billing of Tiger Catering for various departments across the campus.
Prior to working at Auburn University, she served as a Contracts and Grants Manager at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) for over ten years (2008-2018). She worked in the private sector before starting her career in higher education. Her experience in the private sector ranges from accounting duties across various businesses ranging from a lobbyist, a real estate investment group, and a national daycare corporation.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting (1990) and a Master of Public Administration (2011) from Auburn University of Montgomery. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Auburn University with a research focus on performance and outcomes in public higher education institutions at the state level of policy adoption. She also is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Gwen works as an administrative specialist in Auburn’s Campus Dining office. Her duties range from answering phone calls and emails to writing copy, supporting and creating programs, and making presentations.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from Charleston Southern University (1985). As a military wife, Gwen took a 20+ year hiatus to raise children, volunteer, and work part-time. Near the end of their military service, the Ward family moved to Auburn, where Gwen gladly joined the campus dining team. Mom to three college graduates, Gwen understands the unique challenges faced by college parents.
John Gross was born in Washington D.C. and soon after, moved back to Alabama, where his parents are from. John currently calls Auburn home but his family hails from Birmingham. He graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2016 and started attending Auburn the same year.
In the spring of 2020, during John’s final semester ,COVID-19 hit and forever changed his life. Graduation looked quite different for him and his peers. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. It is something he is proud of given the circumstances and situation.
Since graduating, John has stayed in Auburn and currently serves the junior high, high school, and college population at a local church. He loves people and tries to do his best to see people’s potential over their current situation, because that’s what someone once did for him.
Financial Associate II
Joanne LaBuda serves as Financial Associate II in the Campus Dining Office. A longtime dream to work on campus, that door opened in January 2019, when a position became available. Joanne maintains the campus dining accounts and handles the financial record keeping for the AU Community Garden. She also helps parents and students navigate the meal plan selection process and assists with any food and meal plan related tasks.
Joanne was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating from the University of South Florida, Joanne worked as a private investigator for many years. The duties of that job prepared her for her role in Campus Dining. Joanne moved to Auburn in July 2011 from St. Petersburg, FL after raising three amazing children there.
Community Garden Manager
Marley works as manager of the Community Garden at Auburn University. Her duties include managing garden plot rentals, planning partnerships and community outreach events, and overseeing the donation of produce to local hunger relief organizations.
Marley is from Arkansas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Hendrix College (2016). She later moved to Phoenix, Arizona and holds a Master of Arts degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University (2018). An academic focus and personal interest in sustainable agriculture has drawn her to work on farms and in community gardens throughout her life, which ultimately led to her position at Auburn University.
Last modified: February 26, 2021