1/12/06 David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)
Deedie Dowdle, 334/844-9999 (ddowdle@auburn.edu)


AUBURN - Earlon McWhorter, president pro tempore of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, today named a four-person trustee committee to review a report the Board recently commissioned on the state of the university.

The committee - which includes McWhorter, Sam Ginn, Charles McCrary and Sarah Newton - will review the report put together by a group led by James Fisher, a leading national authority on higher education leadership and organization. The committee will meet Feb. 2 to discuss Fisher's report and consider recommendations based on the report that it will make to the full Board, which meets Feb. 3 at Auburn University-Montgomery.

The specific time for the committee meeting, which will also be at AUM, has not yet been determined.

Fisher's group conducted interviews of AU faculty, staff, students and alumni and gathered additional information for his report in December. The report, which AU has not yet received, will be made public prior to the committee meeting.

An assessment by Fisher was recommended to the Board by John Kuhnle, the Korn/Ferry consultant leading AU's search for a new president. Kuhnle said the assessment was necessary for Auburn to conduct a successful presidential search.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

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