Sandra Bridges Newkirk

Women’s athletics advocate and pioneer, Ms. Bridges mentored thousands of students during her 40-year career at Auburn University. While at Auburn, Ms. Bridges was a physical education instructor, intramurals director and the first women’s volleyball coach. Ms. Bridges was also the founder and first president of the Alabama Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

In 2005, Ms. Bridges was honored for her humanitarian leadership and contributions to the Auburn community with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.