Auburn Expected to Name Richardson

Auburn, AL – The Auburn University Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon. Governor Bob Riley is expected to nominate state schools Superintendent Ed Richardson to be Auburn's interim president. Richardson is familiar with the school's recent troubles with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was part of the delegation that meet with SACS officials before Auburn was placed on probation. Richardson received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Auburn and spent 12 years as superintendent of the Auburn city school system before becoming state school superintendent. Richardson will leave his position to become interim president. The state board of education has several choices to temporarily replace Richardson. Vice President Ethel Hall says the board will name an interim superintendent no later than Thursday.