New board for Athens State on way to approval


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The first board of trustees for Athens State University since it became a public college is on its way to approval.

The Senate Confirmations Committee voted 9-0 Wednesday to approve Gov. Robert Bentley's choices for trustees. They are: Sandra Sims-deGraffenried of Orange Beach, Tazewell Shepard of Huntsville, Clint Shelton of Decatur, Maxine Randolph of Elkmont, state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, Macke Mauldin of Sheffield, Winston Garth Lovvorn Sr. of Athens, Mary Dickens of Meridianville, and Stephen Thornton of Fairhope.

Athens became a public college in 1975 and was put under the State Board of Education. Last year, the Legislature decided Athens needed its own board of trustees like other public universities.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said the full Senate may give the trustees final approval Thursday.

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