Alabama Senate confirms Auburn University trustees

Published: February 09, 2017
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The Alabama State Senate Thursday unanimously confirmed Lloyd Austin, Raymond Harbert and Quentin Riggins as at-large members of the Auburn University Board of Trustees.

Austin retired last year after a nearly 41-year career in the U.S. Army, most recently serving as commanding general of the U.S. Central Command. Harbert is chairman and chief executive officer of Harbert Management Corporation in Birmingham and will serve his second term on the Auburn governing body. Riggins, a former Auburn student-athlete, is senior vice president for governmental and corporate affairs at Alabama Power. They are all Auburn graduates.

Former Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett represented Gov. Robert Bentley on the committee that selected Austin, Harbert and Riggins out of more than 90 individuals who applied for the at-large positions.

"They are outstanding leaders, and Gov. Bentley looks forward to their service to the State of Alabama as trustees for one of the nation’s premiere public universities," said Hammett.

In addition to Hammett, the selection committee was composed of Auburn Trustees Charles McCrary and Elizabeth Huntley and two members of the Auburn Alumni Association’s board of directors, Beau Byrd and Jack Fite.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 29,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn's commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact. Auburn's mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world.