Governor Robert Bentley, President of Board
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
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, District 1
3664 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36608
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, District 2
3541 Thomas Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36111
Sahlie is a small business owner in Montgomery. He served five years as President of the Board of Trustees of The Montgomery Academy from 2010-2015. He 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 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 in Abbeville, Ala.
Bob Dumas, District 3-Lee County
100 North Gay St.
Auburn, AL 36831-3110
Dumas, the former chairman of the Alabama Bankers Association, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Birmingham, Alabama, 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, 2022.
Dumas is actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations within the community (Lee County) and has served on the Auburn University College of Business Advisory Council. He currently serves as a Director of the Alabama Bankers Association and has previously served as Chairman of the association.
He is a lifetime member of the Auburn Alumni Association and is married to the former Martha Butz, who holds two degrees from Auburn University. Their two children are also graduates of Auburn University and reside in Auburn.
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, District 5
J. Smith Lanier & Company
P.O. Box 70
West Point, GA 31833
Lanier was appointed as member of the Board of Trustees in 2007. His term expires on April 22, 2022.
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, District 6
P.O. Box 1545
Clanton, AL 35046
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 8, 2022.
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, and one son AJ.
Sarah B. Newton, District 7
570 Newton Road
Fayette, AL 35555
Newton, former 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 is a retired administrator and teacher of elementary education. Presently, she is an educational consultant and works part time with AdvancED (SACS), a non-profit, accrediting agency that conducts on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools.
She and her husband Bill Newton have three sons, and two grandchildren.
Michael A. DeMaioribus, District 8
Vice President Pro Tempore
DeMaioribus Technologies, L.L.C.
606 Eagles Ridge Place
Huntsville, AL 35802
DeMaioribus earned his bachelor's degree (1976) and a master's degree (1977) in Electrical Engineering at Auburn. In 2016, after 39 years, he retired as executive vice president from Dynetics, Inc., a high-technology company headquartered in Huntsville, AL. He now consults through DeMaioribus Technologies LLC.
DeMaioribus is past chair of both the Auburn Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board and the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. He was recognized as an Auburn Distinguished Engineer in 2008, and was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.
DeMaioribus is actively involved in the community. He serves on the Huntsville Botanical Garden board and is past chair of the United Way of Madison County. 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 seven grandchildren.
He was confirmed by the Senate as an Auburn Trustee on Feb. 14, 2013, and his term will expire in February 2020.
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, At-Large
Chairman and CEO
Community Health Systems
P.O. Box 689020
Franklin, TN 37068-9020
Smith '68 is the chairman 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).
Smith is former 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 14 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, At-Large
Harbert Management Corporation
2100 3rd Avenue North, Suite 600
Birmingham, AL 35203
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 February 8, 2024.
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 July 1990, he was elected president and chief executive officer of Harbert Corporation. In 1993 he formed Harbert Management Corporation as an alternative asset investment management firm.
Harbert is actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations, which include the Robert Meyer Foundation, Children's Hospital of Alabama and the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Harbert and his wife, Kathryn Dunn Harbert, a 1981 Auburn alum, live in Birmingham. They have three children and five grandchildren.
McCrary, retired 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 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.
Quentin P. Riggins is senior vice president of Governmental and Corporate Affairs for Alabama Power. His term on the Auburn University Board of Trustees expires February 8, 2024.
Riggins' past experience includes 24 years in Alabama government, including serving as a member of Gov. Bob Riley's cabinet as director of legislative affairs. He also served as a legislative affairs analyst for former Speaker of the House of Representatives Seth Hammett.
As senior vice president of the Business Council of Alabama, he led governmental affairs efforts for the organization's 5,000 members. After six successful years, Riggins began his own governmental affairs firm.
A member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, Riggins earned a bachelor's degree at Auburn in marketing and distributive education. He also was a second team All-American and All-Southeastern Conference linebacker. He's served on the Auburn Athletics Chief Operating Officer Advisory Committee and is chairman of the capital campaign for the university's Office of Inclusion and Diversity.
His additional community and civic involvement includes serving on the boards of Grandview Medical Center, Voices for Alabama's Children, the Energy Institute of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama's ProgressPAC. He's previously served on the boards of Leadership Alabama and the Baptist Foundation.
He and his wife, Kimi, have one daughter and they live in Trussville.
Gen. Lloyd J. Austin (Ret.), At-large
300 Beach Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
General Lloyd J. Austin is a retired U.S. Army general with nearly 41 years of military service. As the commander of U.S. Central Command from March 2013 through March 2016, he was responsible for the 20-country Central Region that includes Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He was also the Combined Forces commander in Iraq and Syria. Austin has extensive operational experience, having commanded troops in combat at the 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-star levels. During his last deployment, he served as a 4-star general and commander of United States Forces-Iraq from September 2010 through December 2011. He later served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. Austin is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and holds master's degrees from Auburn University (education) and Webster University (business management). His term on the Auburn University Board of Trustees expires February 8, 2024.
Austin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn University and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and a Trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
His many awards and decorations include five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.
He and his wife, Charlene, who is also an Auburn graduate, live in St. Petersburg, FL. They have two sons.