Auburn University has hired a full-time attorney with ties to a trustee and past involvement in controversies at the school.
The hiring of attorney Jon Waggoner also comes at a time when interim President Ed Richardson has told Auburn administrators to cut staff to save money.
Waggoner comes to Auburn from the Atlanta office of AU trustee Jack Miller's law firm. He also conducted an unpaid investigation last fall into allegations that two Auburn trustees tried to change grades for students.
At least one Auburn professor is questioning whether hiring Waggoner will look bad to Auburn's accrediting agency, which put the school on probation last year after finding trustees were overly involved in the school's day-to-day operations.