Bobby Lowder has asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration for reappointment to the Auburn University Board of Trustees, days after the Alabama State Senate president refused to allow a vote on a slate of appointees which included Lowder.
So Bobby Lowder's 28-year tenure on the board will end next spring when his term expires, though it would be premature to suggest that his influence at Auburn will end with it. The board has long been stacked with Lowder's friends and associates and he still wields immense influence in Alabama state politics. He hand-picked the sitting Athletic Director and head football coach and many other department employees owe their jobs to his good graces.
I'm happy for the many Auburn alumni with whom I have communicated over the last five months who have long wanted to finally rid their beloved school of what they considered a malign influence. More troubles surely lie ahead for Lowder as the feds sort out the collapse of his bank and decide if they will prosecute him, and the NCAA is surely not yet finished with examining Auburn athletics, an institution that has been operated as Lowder's personal fiefdom for decades. His "fall" began in 2009 when the bank went south, but this is a major milestone along the way.