The Alabama Senate recently approved two new members of the Auburn University Board of Trustees. One of those new members is Mike DeMaioribus, a Senior Vice President at technology company Dynetics in Huntsville.
WHNT News 19 sat down with the newly appointed board of trustee member to talk about his new role.
Mike DeMaioribus is ready to take on what he calls a thrilling opportunity.
“It’s really humbling and rewarding," says DeMaioribus.
DeMaioribus is a 1976 Auburn University graduate. The following year, he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. 1977 is also the year he began working at Dynetics, a provider of engineering, research and development products and services headquartered in Huntsville. DeMaioribus worked his way up the ranks to senior vice president, all the while, keeping the connection to Auburn.
"I worked at a department level first and then college level, helping out where I could,” explains DeMaioribus.
Now, he’ll be helping out on a much larger scale.
"I'm now getting the opportunity to step back and look at the entire university," says DeMaioribus. "Not just all the colleges and schools, but all the infrastructure. I get to see the whole picture of the university and help move it forward in a positive direction. I’m excited about that.”
DeMaioribus has some goals in mind.
"Funding is always an issue for public institutions," said DeMaioribus. "Trying to work on those different areas to make sure that Auburn stays competitive and still provides a reasonable, cost effective education for the students in Alabama and those that come in from out of the state."
But for the most part, as a freshman member of the Auburn Board of Trustees, DeMaioribus says he plans to take a “listen and learn” approach.
"You just have to listen and learn and understand how the organization got to where it is," says DeMaioribus. "In this case, Auburn University happens to be the organization, which is a pretty big deal.”
DeMaioribus was chosen from more than 100 nominees. He will represent District 8 during the seven year term.