The chairman of the Senate nominations committee, Republican Sen. Jabo Waggoner of Birmingham, said the black senators frequently complain about the makeup of the Auburn board. He said he believes the current process used to pick trustee nominees is fair, although he said he has nothing to do with the names submitted to the Senate for confirmation.
"I don't take a position on who is coming up," Waggoner said.
But Sanders said he believes more black trustees would help lead to more black students at Auburn.
"It would create a better atmosphere," Sanders said.