Ala. Senate votes to restructure Auburn trustees

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would restructure the Auburn University board to allow more trustees from out of state.

The Senate voted 31-2 Tuesday for the legislation that would reduce the number of appointed in-state trustees from 10 to eight. The number of trustees who could be from anywhere would increase from three to five. The governor would continue to serve as a trustee, and the past president of the Auburn Alumni Association would be added to the board.

The legislation comes after former banker Bobby Lowder decided not to seek reappointment after 28 years as a trustee. The legislation's sponsor, Republican Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn, says it would limit a trustee to 20 years. His bill now goes to the House.

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