An advisory opinion by Attorney General Troy King says some Auburn University trustees are to serve 12 year terms. The opinion says the terms began on the day the trustees were confirmed by the Senate.
The opinion was released Friday.
It appears to clear the way for Montgomery banker Bobby Lowder to serve on the board until 2011. Auburn officials had at one time listed Lowder's term as ending in 2007.
In August, Auburn officials issued a statement saying that Lowder's term would expire in 2011, rather than 2007. Auburn officials based their opinion on the entry in the Alabama Senate Journal when Lowder was confirmed for a second 12-year term in 1999.
The dispute was over whether Lowder's term began when he was finally confirmed or four years earlier when his previous term expired.
King says in his opinion that trustees terms begin on the day they were confirmed by the Senate. Lowder was confirmed to a 12-year term before Alabama voters approved an amendment changing the term of Auburn trustees to seven years.