Governor Riley Encouraging Applications for Auburn University Trustee Position

AUBURN – The Auburn University Board of Trustees will soon have a vacancy, and Governor Bob Riley is encouraging interested individuals who meet the residency requirements to apply.  Applications for the Auburn University District 6 Trustee position are due on Monday, August 10, 2009.

The open position is for a trustee representing District 6, which includes Bibb, Chilton, Greene, Hale, Perry, Shelby, Sumter and Tuscaloosa Counties.  Applicants must be a resident of one of those counties and less than 70 years of age when appointed to the Auburn Board.  The District 6 position is currently occupied by Paul Spina of Pelham, an Auburn trustee since 1995.

In a letter addressed to members of the Auburn family, Riley said trustee candidates should be “leaders who are forward-looking, service-oriented and dedicated to furthering Auburn’s instruction, research and extension missions.”

A committee comprised of Riley or his representative, two members of the Auburn Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and two current Auburn trustees will review applications and interview candidates beginning August 18.  The committee’s nominee requires confirmation by the Alabama Senate.

Candidates who wish to be considered should submit a letter of interest and relevant background information by August 10 to the following address:

Auburn University Trustee Selection Committee
Attn:  Grant Davis
105 Samford Hall
Auburn, AL 36849

The Auburn Board consists of one trustee from each congressional district as they were constituted in 1961, a trustee representing Lee County, three at-large trustees and the governor as an ex-officio member.

A copy of Riley’s letter can be seen here (PDF).

Contact: Brian Keeter, (334) 844-4650 (

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Auburn University has provided instruction, research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 150 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant institutions. Auburn makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 130 degree programs to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students.