2/8/01

Bob Lowry

STATEMENT BY W.J. SAMFORD JR., PRESIDENT PRO TEM, AU BOARD OF TRUSTEES

On behalf of the Auburn family, I want to thank Dr. Muse for his service to our university, and we certainly want to wish him well as he undertakes his new responsibilities at East Carolina.

Last week we announced that a transition process would be put in place that will include a university presidential search firm of national stature. In addition, a search committee composed of representatives of the faculty, administration, alumni and students will fully participate in advising the Board on this important step.

All Auburn people are interested in moving forward, and I expect the Board to meet in the coming days to begin that process.

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