Governor Bob Riley urged members of Auburn's selection committee not to appoint any legislators as trustees "because of a perceived conflict of interest" and they didn't. That means Senator Lowell Barron of Fyffe and Representative Jack Venable of Tallassee will no longer serve on the board.
The committee instead approved three nominees who will bring more diversity to the board of trustees. The five-member nominating committee voted unanimously Tuesday for Fayette chool principal Sara Newton who will be the second woman to serve on the board and State Revenue Commissioner Dwight Carlisle of Alexander City as well as City Planner Charles Ball of Gadsden who will be the second African-American on the board.
Trustee Bobby Lowder, who serves on the nominating committee, is good friends with Senator Barron. Lowder says he decided to make the votes unanimous because it would benefit the university for everyone to pull together.
The three will still have to be confirmed by the Senate during the September Special Session.