Bentley: Vote for Lowder was about leadership

The press secretary for Gov. Robert Bentley says his decisive vote to reappoint former banker Bobby Lowder as an Auburn University trustee was based on his leadership and was not influenced by a $25,000 campaign donation from Lowder's wife.

The Auburn Trustee Selection Committee voted 3-2 Monday to reappoint Lowder. Bentley's press secretary, Jennifer Ardis, said the governor felt Auburn has great momentum and it was important to keep the leadership team in place.

Lowder's wife, Charlotte, donated $25,000 to Bentley's campaign in September. Ardis said contributions to Bentley's campaign have not and will not influence his decision on appointees.

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