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.
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.
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.