A message from Provost Boosinger regarding Lowder Hall fire

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

As many of you know, the first floor of Lowder Hall caught on fire early this morning resulting in significant damage to multiple classrooms, offices and student spaces. Of utmost importance is the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The building’s core structure remains intact, which is good news. However, damage to the ground floor and first floor has resulted in the temporary closure of the building and the immediate relocation of several classrooms and offices for the remainder of the summer semester. All classroom reassignments and schedule changes have been updated in AU Access.

While the specific cause of the fire is yet to be determined, a formal investigation has been initiated by the Auburn Fire and Police Divisions as well as the State Fire Marshal’s office. It is not yet known when the exact cause of the fire will be released.

At this time, the long-term impact of the damage to Lowder Hall remains unknown. My office is working with our academic units and Facilities Management to develop contingency plans for fall semester, and we strive to ensure that any potential relocation of classes or college-related events will minimally disrupt the academic mission of the university. We will keep the campus community updated on these as well as any other plans as they become available.

For questions regarding rescheduled events, please contact Wendy Perry, Harbert College event coordinator, at perrywe@auburn.edu. Questions regarding academic classes should be directed to Norman Godwin, associate dean in the Harbert College of Business at godwinh@auburn.edu.


Timothy R. Boosinger
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Last modified: 07/01/2016