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Senate approves new AU trustee

Raymond J. Harbert  (Courtesy: Auburn University) Raymond J. Harbert (Courtesy: Auburn University)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved Birmingham businessman Raymond J. Harbert as an Auburn University trustee after holding up his nomination for one year.

The Senate voted 27-1 Tuesday to approve Harbert's selection. The vote allows Harbert to begin a seven-year term.

Auburn's trustee selection committee nominated Harbert last year, but the chairman of the Senate's Confirmations Committee never brought it to a vote because of concerns about a lack of diversity on the Auburn board.

The selection committee renominated the white business executive this year. The Confirmations Committee also got a new chairman, who pushed for Harbert's approval.

The former chairman, Democratic Sen. Myron Penn of Union Springs, cast the lone no vote Tuesday.

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