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Board narrows down candidates for alumni trustee vacancy, voting begins Aug. 23

The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees announces that Clinton Timothy Branner II ’90 and John Douglass Chambers ’71, ’72 have been identified as the two candidates for this fall’s alumni trustee vacancy. Beginning Friday, Aug. 23, all university alumni will be able to cast email ballots for their preferred candidate to fill the upcoming board vacancy.

Branner, who earned a bachelor degree in marketing from Tuskegee in 1990, is senior manager of EEO & human resource compliance for United Technologies’ Carrier Corporation in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Chambers holds two degrees from Tuskegee: a bachelor’s in sociology he earned in 1971, and master’s in student personnel services, earned in 1972. A resident of Prattville, Alabama, he is a retired president of J.F. Ingram State Technical College in Deatsville, Alabama.

“We wish to thank everyone who expressed interest in serving Tuskegee University in this unique way as an alumni trustee,” said Norma Clayton, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees. “Applying for this opportunity, as well as reviewing the applications we received, required much forethought — and, for that, we appreciate all the alumni who were involved in the stages of this process.”

The process now shifts to the university’s entire alumni base, which will vote for one of the two candidates through Wednesday, Sept. 11. Online voting, administered by Votenet Solutions Inc., will begin on Aug. 23. Alumni with email addresses on file with the university will receive an email to that account providing additional instructions on the voting procedures through the eBallot system.

In addition, a limited number of paper ballots will be mailed to alumni who request them. Paper ballots can be requested by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at (334) 727-8342 or by emailing alumnitrustee@tuskegee.edu.

The finalist receiving the most combined email and postal votes (a plurality) will then go before the full Board of Trustees for its consensus. Once the trustees approve the elected finalist for board service, he will begin serving as the alumni trustee following the board’s fall meeting, and continue doing so through spring 2022.