Alabama
8:56 am
Wed December 1, 2004

AU Professors Ask Trustees to Resign

Auburn, AL – An organization of Auburn University faculty members has voted to ask trustees Bobby Lowder and Jack Miller to resign while the school waits to hear if it will remain on academic probation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed Auburn on probation last year. SACS is expected to announce at its annual meeting Tuesday in Atlanta whether Auburn will be removed from probation or whether the sanctions will be extended. A recent report by SACS expressed concern about the business relationships between some members of the board, particularly Lowder and Miller. Miller's Mobile law firm has done about $2.6 million in legal work for Colonial Bank, where Lowder is chief executive officer. Sociology professor Conner Bailey is the chair-elect of the faculty organization that voted to ask Lowder and Miller to resign. He says Auburn President Ed Richardson attended the faculty meeting and asked members to delay voting on the resolution.