Governor's office responds to rebuff of AU Trustee nominations

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Robert Bentley's office issued a simple, one sentence statement in response to Senator Del Marsh's notice that none of the AU Board of Trustee nominees will get a vote in the Senate before the session ends.

Jennifer Ardis, one of Governor Bentley's spokespersons, said, "The Governor has talked to the Senate leadership regarding the Auburn trustee appointments and remains hopeful for a positive outcome before the end of the Legislative session."

Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh (R – Anniston) said Thursday evening that he will let the Auburn Board of Trustees nominations die by the end of the session.

That means the Senate will not take action, forcing Governor Robert Bentley's hand into reappointing new trustees for confirmation.

The Senate is required by law to confirm all gubernatorial nominees.

The decision not to confirm any of the nominees is not the only effort confounding the Governor's desire to reappoint many who are long-serving AU trustees. A lawsuit brought on by a former Auburn University Alumni Association president is challenging the process saying it violated open meeting laws.

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