The James E. Foy Information Desk, located on the second floor of the Melton Student Center, provides information and answers to any question from details on Auburn events to the number of bricks in the Haley Center. Named for Auburn icon Dean James E. Foy, the desk can be reached at 334-844-4244.
Foy served Auburn as the Dean of Student Affairs for a quarter century and a volunteer on campus for 30 additional years. Before joining Auburn in 1950, he was a University of Alabama 1939 graduate and the UA assistant to the Dean of Men. On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor, Foy joined the Navy and became a decorated fighter pilot during World War II.
Though he officially retired from Auburn in 1978, he would remain active on-campus until his death in 2010. He was 93. Because of his incredible contributions to Auburn University throughout the years, Dean Foy’s legacy continues to impact students today.
The James E. Foy Information Desk, named in his honor, is widely considered the greatest and most accessible source of information not only in Auburn, but also on a national scale. Oprah Winfrey featured the number in her magazine “O, The Oprah Magazine” as one of the top five useful phone numbers everyone should remember. A host from NBC’s “The Today Show” called the information desk while live, and ESPN correspondent Jesse Palmer called for an answer to a trivia question during the broadcast of an Auburn football game.