Retired State Circuit Judge Howard Bryan will serve as Auburn University's interim ombudsman following the departure of Jim Wohl. Bryan served as a circuit judge in Alabama's Fifth Circuit for 27 years prior to his retirement in 2007. Bryan earned his bachelors degree and JD from the University of Alabama. Prior to serving as a judge, Bryan was a Deputy District Attorney, Law Clerk, and Adjunct Professor.
The AU Ombuds Office was established by Wohl in 2008 to provide a confidential, neutral source for staff and faculty to express concerns, identify options to address workplace conflicts, facilitate productive communication and surface responsible concerns regarding university policies and practices. In 2011, the scope of these resources was expanded to include the student population. (Auburn News Briefs; AL Legislature Commendation.)
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