Trustee Profiles

Auburn University Board of Trustees

Front Row (left to right): Bob Dumas, B.T. Roberts, Sarah Newton, Jimmy Sanford and Elizabeth Huntley
Back Row (left to right): Grant Davis, Secretary to the Board; Jay Gogue, President; Jimmy Rane, Raymond Harbert, Jim Pratt, Mike DeMaioribus; Clark Sahlie, Gaines Lanier, Charles McCrary and Wayne Smith


Governor Robert Bentley

Governor Robert Bentley, President of Board
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
(334) 242-7100

After graduating from Shelby County High School, Governor Bentley put himself through college at the University of Alabama. While at the University, he majored in Chemistry and Biology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in three years. After graduating from the University, he began his medical studies at The University of Alabama School of Medicine. During his first year of medical school, he met Dianne Jones of Montgomery. They were married in 1965. He received his medical degree in 1968 and began a one-year internship at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham.

In 1969, during the Vietnam conflict, Governor Bentley joined the United States Air Force where he was commissioned as a captain, and served as a general medical officer. He was stationed at Pope Air Force Base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he became hospital commander near the end of his tenure there.

Following his military service, Governor Bentley began a three-year residency in Dermatology at the University of Alabama hospital in Birmingham. After completing his residency, The Bentleys made Tuscaloosa their home and raised four boys. Robert and Diane are now proud grandparents of five granddaughters.

Governor Bentley has founded a number of small businesses, the most successful of which is Alabama Dermatology Associates. As President of Alabama Dermatology Associates, Governor Bentley managed the practice's growth into one of the largest dermatology practices in the Southeastern United States.

Governor Bentley was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and served two terms in the State House. He declared his candidacy for Governor in 2009.

Governor Bentley ran for Governor to grow the economy and create jobs without increasing taxes or spending. He believes there should be more transparency and accountability in Alabama's government. He is a pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-second amendment conservative who believes in smaller and more limited government.

Robert Bentley was elected Governor of Alabama on November 2, 2010.



B.T. Roberts

B.T. Roberts, District 1
3664 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 342-8000
Fax: (251) 344-6286
btroberts@robertsbrotherscpm.com

Roberts is president of Roberts Brothers Commercial & Property Management, Inc. in Mobile - a full service commercial brokerage firm that specializes in commercial sales, land and site acquisition, property management and development activities. He has served as president of the Alabama Association of Realtors and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors. He was confirmed by the Senate as an Auburn Trustee on April 10, 2012 and his term will expire on May 11, 2019.

Roberts is the former chairman of the board of the New Orleans branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and served on many community boards in the Mobile area.  He has been greatly involved in the affairs of Auburn University - National Capital Campaign Committee and co-chair of the Mobile/Baldwin County area; Board of Directors of the Auburn Alumni Association, etc - since his graduation in 1972 in Industrial Management. He has been married to Gale Heggeman Roberts for 32 years and they attend St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mobile.



Clark Sahlie

Clark Sahlie, District 2
3541 Thomas Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36111
(334) 288-9740
mcsahlie@bellsouth.net

Sahlie, a partner in North McDonough Properties in Montgomery, which leases commercial real estate, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley and confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2012, to represent the 2nd District. His term expires on April 9, 2019.

Sahlie earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Auburn in 1988. He is married to Cindy Ayers Sahlie, a 1985 Auburn graduate, and has two sons, Will and Lee.



James. W. Rane
James W. Rane, District 3
President Pro Tempore
Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc.
P.O. Box 610
Abbeville, AL 36310
(334) 585-2291
Fax: (334) 585-9037
jrane@yellawood.com
jtharpe@yellawood.com

James W. Rane is chairman, president, and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., the leading producer of pressure treated lumber in the United States, and has been a member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees since 1999. He was reappointed for a second 7-year term on March 22, 2012.  His new term expires March 21, 2019.

Rane, from southeast Alabama, graduated from Marion Military Institute before earning his bachelor of science in business administration at Auburn University. He received a doctor of jurisprudence from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. He has also successfully completed the Owner/President Management Program, the Sustainable Marketing Leadership Program, and the Families in Business: From Generation to Generation Program at the Harvard Business School.

Rane is actively involved in many civic and educational organizations. Additionally, he is president of the Jimmy Rane Foundation and actively works to raise money to fund college scholarships for deserving students.

Rane resides with his wife, Angela, in Abbeville, Ala.



Bob Dumas

Bob Dumas, District 3-Lee County
Auburn Bank
100 North Gay St.
Auburn, AL 36831-3110
(334) 887-2732
Fax: (334) 887-2796
bdumas@auburnbank.com

Dumas, who is president and CEO of AuburnBank, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley and confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2012 to represent the 3rd District. Dumas earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance from Auburn in 1976. His term expires on April 9, 2019.

Dumas, the current chairman of the Alabama Bankers Association, is married to the former Martha Butz and has two children.



Dwight L. Carlisle

Jimmy Sanford, District 4
1001 McQueen Smith Road, South
Prattville, AL 36066
(334) 365-0077
jhsanford@aol.com
jhsanford@homeplaceal.com

Sanford, who serves as chair for both the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation and the Alabama Cotton Commission, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in by Gov. Robert Bentley and confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 2012 to represent the 4th District. His term expires on March 14, 2019. The former chairman of the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1968 and a master's in economics in 1971.

He is married to Dot Hardage Sanford, a 1970 Auburn alum, and is the father of three: Susan, Catherine, and Will.



Gaines Lanier

Gaines Lanier, District 5
J. Smith Lanier & Company
P.O. Box 70
West Point, GA 31833    
(706) 645-8215
Fax: (706) 643-5786
glanier@jsmithlanier.com

Lanier was appointed as member of the Board of Trustees in 2007. His term expires on May 28, 2014.

Lanier graduated from AU in 1974 with a bachelor of science in business administration. He earned a football scholarship to Auburn and lettered at defensive tackle in 1972, 1973 and 1974, playing for AU legend Ralph "Shug" Jordan. He has served as a member of various business and civic organizations and boards, including the Auburn University College of Business Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees for the Chattahoochee Valley Educational Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

Lanier has two daughters, Ashley and Lindsey, both Auburn graduates. He and his wife, Sonia, live in Lanett, Ala.



Elizabeth Huntley

Elizabeth Huntley, District 6
P.O. Box 1545
Clanton, AL 35046
(205) 581-0700 
Fax: (205) 380-9110
ehuntley@lightfootlaw.com

Huntley, a civil litigation attorney with Lightfoot, Franklin & White in Birmingham, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley and confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2012, to represent the 6th District. Her term expires on April 9, 2019.
She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Auburn in 1993, and a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1997. Huntley has served as a member of various business and civic organizations and boards. She is a committed child advocate.

She and her husband Tony Huntley '85 reside in Clanton, Alabama with their two daughters Ada Ruth and Sarah Beth.



Sarah B. Newton

Sarah B. Newton, District 7
570 Newton Road
Fayette, AL 35555 
(205) 932-6251
Fax: (205) 932-6200
sarahbnewton1004@gmail.com

Newton, principal of Fayette Elementary School, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2004 to represent the 7th district. Her term expired on February 9, 2012 and she was reappointed for a second 7-year term on March 22, 2012.  Her new term expires March 21, 2019.

Newton received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Auburn in 1974 and has a Master's degree and Certification in Administration from the University of Alabama. She has been an administrator and teacher of elementary education since 1974.

She and her husband Bill Newton have three sons.



Michael A. DeMaioribus

Michael A. DeMaioribus, District 8
Executive Vice President
Dynetics, Inc.
1002 Explorer Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 964-4322
Mike.DeMaioribus@dynetics.com
Tammy.Harbin@dynetics.com

DeMaioribus has lived in Huntsville, AL, since 1960, where he graduated from Butler High School.  He earned a Bachelor's degree (1976) and a Master's degree (1977) in Electrical Engineering at Auburn.  He has been employed since 1977 at Dynetics, Inc., a high-technology company headquartered in Huntsville, AL, where he is currently a Senior Vice President.

DeMaioribus has been Chair of the Auburn Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board and Chair of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council.  He was recognized as an Auburn Distinguished Engineer in 2008.

He and his wife, the former Leta Hornbuckle of Huntsville, were married in 1975.  They have four married children, all of whom attended Auburn University, and six grandchildren.

He was confirmed by the Senate as an Auburn Trustee on Feb. 14, 2013, and his term will expire in February 2020.



Jim Pratt

James Pratt, District 9
2025 3rd Avenue North, Ste. 800
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 328-5330
Fax: (205) 324-2165
jim@hwnn.com

Pratt, a partner and trial lawyer with Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton in Birmingham, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley and confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2012, to represent the 9th District. His term expires on April 9, 2019. He is president of the Alabama State Bar.

Pratt earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Auburn in 1972 and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1978. He is married to the former Marcia Weems and has four children.



Wayne T. Smith

Wayne T. Smith, At-Large
Chairman, President and CEO
Community Health Systems
P.O. Box 689020
Franklin, TN 37068-9020
(615) 465-7002

Smith '68 is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc.

Smith earned a bachelor's in education and a master's in educational administration (1969) from Auburn, and a master's degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (1972).

He also serves as the current chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals and The Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and has been named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine for each of the past 11 years.  In addition, Mr. Smith was voted one of the top CEOs in the healthcare facilities sector in Institutional Investor magazine for eight consecutive years.  Mr. Smith was a 2010 Lifetime Achievement award winner.

Wayne and his wife Cheryl '68 have one daughter.

He was confirmed by the Senate as an Auburn Trustee on Feb. 14, 2013, and his term will expire in February 2020.



Raymond J. Harbert

Raymond J. Harbert, At-Large
Harbert Management Corporation
2100 3rd Avenue North, Suite 600
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 987-5500
Fax: (205) 327-6877
rharbert@harbert.net

Harbert, chairman and chief executive officer of Harbert Management Corporation, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in March 2009 by Gov. Bob Riley as an at-large member. His term expires on March 23, 2016.

Harbert graduated from Auburn in 1982 with a degree in industrial management and immediately began his career with Harbert International Inc., a subsidiary of Harbert Corporation. In 1990, he was elected president and chief executive officer of Harbert Corporation, and, in 1994 he formed Harbert Management Corporation as an alternative asset investment management firm. He also serves as Trustee for the State of Alabama Trust Fund, is vice chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Children's Hospital of Alabama, and in 2006 was awarded the regional Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Financial Services.

Harbert and his wife, Kathryn Dunn Harbert, live in Birmingham. They have three children.



John G. Blackwell

Charles D. McCrary, At-large
600 North 18th Street
Birmingham, AL 35291
(205) 257-2700
Fax: (205) 257-5100
cdmccrar@southernco.com

McCrary, Chairman of the Board of Alabama Power Company, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2004 as an at-large member. He was appointed for a second 7-year term on March 22, 2012.  His new term expires March 21, 2019.

McCrary joined Alabama Power during the summer of 1970 following his freshman year at Auburn and has held various positions of increasing responsibility within Southern Company. In addition to his B.S. degree from Auburn, he earned a J.D. from Birmingham School of Law.

He is married to the former Phyllis Brantley of Birmingham and has two sons.


Last Updated: Mar. 4, 2014

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