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Smith `68 selected for position on AU Board of Trustees

Cheryl and Wayne T. Smith
Wayne T. and Cheryl Smith have both been generous supporters of the College of Education.

Wayne T. Smith `68, a two-time graduate of the College of Education, has been selected to fill the at-large position on the Auburn University Board of Trustees au icon.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced on Thursday, January 31, that Smith was one of two nominees selected by the Auburn University Trustee Selection Committee. The committee tapped Mike DeMaioribus, a Huntsville resident and two-time Auburn electrical engineering graduate, as the board representative for District 8. Trustees serve seven-year terms, although they are allowed to serve one year after a term expires.

Smith, who earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s in school administration from Auburn, serves as chairman, president and CEO of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The Fortune 500 company operates or leases 135 hospitals in 29 states.

Smith and DeMaioribus were both confirmed by the Alabama State Senate on February 14. They began their terms immediately.

Smith was one of 17 candidates interviewed for the two positions.

Smith and his wife, Cheryl, have been generous supporters of the College of Education and the university. Their $1 million gift – the largest single gift ever received by the college – led to the creation of an Office of Research and Innovation that has helped faculty members earn more than $20 million in extramural grant funding since its opening in 2008. The Smiths are also members of the college’s Dean’s Circle and 1915 Society.

Smith serves as director of the Auburn University Foundation Board, co-chair of its national campaign, and as co-chair of the College of Education’s capital campaign team. A former member of the college’s National Advisory Council, he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auburn Alumni Association in 2011.

Smith also holds the distinction of being the College of Education’s inaugural Keystone Leader-in-Residence lecturer in 2003.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2013

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