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AAMU Board Begins Search to Fill Trustee Vacancies

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Huntsville, Ala. ---- In an effort to begin a transparent search for four upcoming vacancies, the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees is making a national call for nominations, according to Odysseus Lanier, president pro tempore of the board.


A newly formed nominating committee, which convened January 4, 2012, has been given the charge of providing three names to Governor Robert Bentley for each vacancy, as required by state law. The expiration of the terms of four members (one from District 2, one from District 3 and two at large) mean that 12 nominations will be forwarded for the Governor’s consideration in late February 2012.


Interested persons are urged to submit (1) a nomination letter; (2) a resume; and (3) support letters through one of two available methods. The first method is via the University’s website at Persons without access to the Internet or e-mail may submit information via hard copy to the Board’s attorney (Rod Steakley) at Sirote & Permutt, ATTN: Ms. Alicia Ford, 305 Church Street, Suite 800, Huntsville, AL 35801, (256) 518-3607; Fax: (256) 518-3681. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, January 20, 2012.


The nominating committee is seeking “forward-looking, service-oriented and committed” leaders to further the University’s instruction, research and extension missions. After receiving the nominations, the nominating committee will meet on January 25, 2012, and into February 2012, concluding interviews by February 27, 2012. Three names per vacancy must be submitted to the Governor by February 29, 2012.


The nominating committee consists of one member from the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees; one member of the Alabama A&M University family selected jointly by the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate; the president of Alabama A&M University’s Student Government Association; a representative designated by the president of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Madison County Legislative Delegation as selected by the delegation; and a community representative selected by other members of the nominating committee.


The following are the requirements to serve on the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees: Must be resident of the United States; Cannot be an employee of Alabama A&M University,other than the Faculty Senate president; cannot be a member of the Board nominating committee; cannot be a member of the governing board; cannot be an officer of any public postsecondary educational institution; and cannot be an elected or appointed official having the power of review of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University budget, other than the Governor.


For additional information, please call (256) 518-3607 or