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Former Auburn trustee Ball not a candidate for old spot

By Phillip Rawls
Associated Press Writer

MONTGOMERY — Former Auburn University trustee Charles Ball said Monday he won't be a candidate for his old spot on the Auburn board because he has moved out of the East Alabama district he represented.

Gov. Bob Riley, who serves on the Auburn Trustee Selection Committee, announced Monday that the committee will take applications until Jan. 26 for the District 5 spot Ball had held.

Ball, former planning director for the city of Gadsden, said he moved to Birmingham last week to work for the Regional Planning Commission, and he wrote the governor to explain that he won't be a candidate for trustee because he no longer lives in District 5.

Ball said he enjoyed his two years on the Auburn board and would "love to return" if another opportunity opened up in the future.

Ball's service ended in February because Attorney General Troy King issued an advisory opinion saying Ball had been appointed to a partial term in 2004, not a full seven-year term as Ball originally thought. Another trustee, former state Revenue Commissioner Dwight Carlisle, tried to challenge that in court, but the Alabama Supreme Court blocked his suit last month.

That cleared the way for Riley to start the trustee selection process.

Riley serves on the Trustee Selection Committee with trustees Earlon McWhorter and Paul Spina and Auburn University Alumni Board members Nancy Fortner and Dent Williams.

Their selection is subject to approval by the state Senate when it convenes in March.

District 5 covers Chambers, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Marshall, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties. Candidates must not only live in the district, they must be less than 70 years old and can't work for Auburn.

Riley said candidates should submit information to the Auburn University Trustee Selection Committee, Attention: Grant Davis, 105 Samford Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36489.

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