Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Dr. Carl A. Stockton earned the highest honor presented by the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP).

The Youth Leadership Development Program presented Stockton with its “Great American Hero” Award Monday, Sept. 16, at its opening ceremony for the 2019-2020 YLDP class at Thompson High School near Birmingham. Stockton has been active as a board member for the YLDP, which offers a nine-month leadership development program for high school juniors and seniors from 20 counties in North and Central Alabama.

   Attorney and Auburn University Trustee Liz Huntley presented Stockton with the award. Auburn University Director of Athletics Allen Greene served as the  keynote speaker for the event. The YLDP is founded on three fundamental pillars of leadership – character, faith and patriotism. Past recipients of the award include Congressional Medal of Honor winners Bennie Adkins, Melvin Morris and Leo Thorsness, NASA astronaut and fromer International Space Station Science Director Larry DeLucas, famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr.

   “I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Stockton, who is in his second year of service as a YLDP board member. “Serving as a board member for the Youth Leadership Development Program has been an incredibly rewarding experience given the role the organization plays in identifying young people of good character and helping them unlock their potential as leaders. The young men and women who participate in this program represent the future of our state and nation.”

Since becoming Auburn University at Montgomery’s sixth chancellor in July 2016, Stockton has led the university to sustained enrollment growth and improvement in national and regional rankings. 

   In his 35 years in higher education, Stockton has raised more than $100 million in grants and capital support for the universities and programs he has served. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and earned his doctorate at the University of Tennessee. He also has served as a board member for a variety of River Region and state non-profits, including Child Protect, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and YMCA Metro. He has also served as a member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and as a member of the Envision 2040 Strategic Planning Committee for the City of Montgomery.