Auburn Board of Trustees selects James ‘Jimmy’ Rane as president pro tempore

James "Jimmy" RaneAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn trustees selected James “Jimmy” Rane of Abbeville, Ala., to lead the university’s board the next two years as president pro tempore.

“Auburn is an engine of opportunity, and I’m excited to support the outstanding faculty and staff who make it happen and the students who call this home,” said Rane. “It’s an awesome responsibility, and I’m humbled my colleagues placed their confidence in me.”

Rane is chairman, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc., the largest manufacturer of pressure-treated lumber in the world. He represents district three on the voluntary 14-seat board.

Gov. Robert Bentley serves as the Auburn Board’s ex officio president. The president pro tempore presides over meetings and appoints members to committees, among other responsibilities.

Rane graduated from Marion Military Institute before attending Auburn and earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and studied at the Harvard Business School. From 1973 to 1977, he served as a judge in Henry County.

Rane serves on the board of several civic and community organizations, including the Abbeville United Methodist Church, Henry County Historical Group, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Alabama Archives and History Foundation. He started the Jimmy Rane Foundation in 2000, which has awarded 230 four-year college scholarships since it was founded.

Rane and his wife Angela reside in Abbeville.

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