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Byrne Picked as New Two-Year System Chancellor

By Associated Press

Montgomery, AL – The state school board picked Senator Bradley Byrne Thursday to be chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system, agreeing with Governor Bob Riley's recommendation to put the Fairhope Republican in charge of the embattled program.

The vote was eight-to-one, with board member Ella Bell of Montgomery casting the dissenting vote.

Byrne fills a post that has been the focus of criticism since Roy Johnson was removed and fired last year amid a probe of corruption and questions about nepotism in the two-year college system.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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