In the wake of his confirmation as secretary of defense Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III has resigned his position on Auburn University’s board of trustees.
“Secretary Austin notified us … that he was resigning from the Auburn University board of trustees, effective immediately,” said Wayne Smith, president pro tempore of the board. “His leadership and contagious passion for Auburn will be missed, but we understand why his important new post compels him to step down from boards such as ours. We wish him Godspeed and great success as he leads the Department of Defense.”
A search for Austin’s successor will begin soon.
“The constitution of the State of Alabama prescribes a deliberate and thorough process for filling his unexpired term,” Smith said. “We will perform those duties carefully to find a new member of the highest caliber and ability. Once the Trustee Selection Committee meets, members will solicit nominations, review candidates and recommend a replacement to the Alabama Senate.”
Austin, a 1986 Auburn alumnus, was confirmed last week as the U.S. secretary of defense. His 41-year military career included being commander of U.S. Central Command from 2013-2016.
“Gen. Austin represents Auburn’s best in leadership, commitment to excellence and service to others,” Auburn University President Jay Gogue said when Austin was confirmed. “We know he will serve our nation with distinction and honor just as he has done throughout his career.”