In a series of letters obtained by WSFA 12 News, it seems that Alabama State University's President Gwendolyn Boyd and two ASU trustees are not seeing eye to eye.
The letters show that the trustees did not like how President Boyd was handling the ASU restructuring proposal, and that President Boyd felt the trustees were attempting to bully, intimidate, coerce and harass her.
[DOCUMENT: View the letter sent from Chairman Dean to President Boyd (.pdf)]
[DOCUMENT: View the letter sent from President Boyd to Chairman Elton Dean (.pdf)]
[DOCUMENT: View the letter sent from Chairman Marvin Wiggins to President Boyd (.pdf)]
President Boyd recently sat down with WSFA 12 News to talk about the new restructure proposal that was set to be voted on this past Friday, but has now been pushed back to May 23.
Alabama State University's new president, Gwendolyn Boyd said on her first day on the job, that big changes were coming.
ASU shook up the school's senior management during one of the university's board meeting earlier in the year as it was announced that a realignment was being instituted and the position of Executive Vice President, long held by Alabama Representative John Knight, no longer existed.
Knight, who was once one of the most influential members of the Alabama House, said after the announcement that he intended to retire from Alabama State, a decision he said he made some time ago, so he could pursue his role in the Alabama House. Knight's decision was not common knowledge.
Knight called his decision to retire, "bittersweet" but says ASU is in good hands.
"I will be very supportive of the University to move forward," Knight added, "I make no apologies for the growth, I make no apologies in terms of the fights and struggles that we've been in to sustain this university."
The realignment was said to be the result of the desk audit that started shortly after President Boyd took over. Before the audit there were nine vice president offices. Now, there are five and each now reports directly to Boyd.
EXTRA: Read the Audit here
Boyd said this is the first phase of the University's realignment and said it is connected to the recent Moody's downgrade of ASU's credit worthiness.
Boyd also said the changes are for financial accountability and efficiency. As for how many jobs are lost or added, no one knows at this point, but Boyd says that could be part of the next phase.
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