Auburn University board of trustees

Auburn University

The Auburn University Board of Trustees has approved a 2014 budget of $1.054 billion.

   The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/15xghAz) that the board approved the budget at its regular meeting on Friday.

   The budget is broken up into three parts: Auburn's main campus, Auburn University at Montgomery, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

   Auburn University's main campus receives the bulk of the budget, with 80.7 percent or $851 million.

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The Alabama Senate has confirmed two new trustees for the Auburn University Board of Trustees. Both of the new trustees, Wayne Smith of Franklin, Tenn, and Michael DeMaiorbus of Huntsville, are white. That's a point that concerns members of the black caucus in the Senate.

The Senate's seven black members mostly supported Smith and DeMaiorbus when the nominations came up for confirmation Thursday. But the black senators complained that only one of Auburn's 15 trustees is black and that in the future they may work to delay future trustee nominations if they are not more diverse.

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees has approved two men for positions on the board.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/WCL75N) that the board made the decision during a meeting in Montgomery Thursday afternoon.

Mike DeMaioribus was approved as the District 8 trustee; and Wayne Smith was approved as an at-large trustee.

The 58-year-old DeMaioribus is the senior vice president at Dynetics Inc., a Huntsville-based company that specializes in intelligence, missiles, aviation and space.

Faculty members at Auburn University are expressing concerns about what some consider a lack of diversity among candidates to fill two openings on the school's board of trustees.

One woman and 16 men will be interviewed to fill two openings as Auburn University trustees.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/WJ2PAx) that Auburn Senate Chairman Bill Sauser said he and other Senate members met this week with President Jay Gogue to express their concern about how there was only one woman on the list of nominees.

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees is expected to begin work on selecting two board members next week.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/1382c9c) that Auburn's Trustee Nominee Selection Committee will meet Tuesday in the Lt. Governor's conference room at the state capital in Montgomery.

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Gov. Robert Bentley says people interested in serving in two open positions on the Auburn University board of trustees may submit their names to the trustee selection committee.

Bentley is president of the five-member committee. Bentley said the committee is looking for replacements for John Blackwell, who represents a seven-county area in the Tennessee Valley, and Sam Ginn, who has an at-large seat. The two men are not eligible to serve another term.