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The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is looking to bring more diversity to the arts.

The Montgomery-based theater signed a deal with the historically Black college Alabama State University to provide opportunities for people of color to pursue and foster careers in the arts and develop into community leaders.

The two entities will offer internships, mentorships, professional training and class credits for education in the arts.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A historically black university in Alabama has renamed a dormitory that honored a one-time governor who also led the Ku Klux Klan about a century ago. 

Workers at Alabama State University removed the name “Bibb Graves” from a residence hall Wednesday. The building had carried Graves' name since 1928, when he served as the head of a state government that constitutionally mandated white supremacy.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A historically black school in Alabama is establishing a scholarship to honor two black men who were killed by police. 

Alabama State University in Montgomery says the scholarship will be named for George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. It will also honor Greg Gunn, who was shot to death by a police officer in Montgomery in 2016. Gunn once attended classes at Alabama State.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of killing an Alabama State University student.

Montgomery police charged 23-year-old William Slater with murder in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Alexis Moss.

Slater was arrested Thursday in the death of Moss, who was shot to death last week in Montgomery.

News outlets report that an investigation found the shooting happened during an altercation that happened while a large group was gathered away from the Alabama State campus.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group for Alabama historians has elected its first African-American president after more than 70 years in existence.

The Alabama Historical Association has elected Wetumpka native Franzine Taylor as president for the upcoming year.

Taylor works in the archives department at Alabama State University in Montgomery. An announcement from the school says she's the first black person elected president of the group since its founding in 1947.

Taylor was also presented with an award recognizing her contributions to Alabama history.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A historically black college in Alabama is using the state's Confederate Memorial Day to highlight the 1981 lynching of a black teenager by Ku Klux Klan members.

A "teach-in" about the slaying of 19-year-old Michael Donald was planned Monday at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Meanwhile, Confederate history buffs gathered outside Alabama's Capitol for an event honoring rebel dead.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama State University students who were expelled for leading the state's first known sit-in protest against segregation have been honored on the 59th anniversary of the protest.

Montgomery city and county leaders Monday presented resolutions to ASU President Quinton Ross expressing sorrow for the "wrongs from the past."

The students from the historically black university staged a sit-in on Feb. 25, 1960, at the whites-only lunch counter at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. 

and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box.

Archivists at Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord hopes electronic versions will be available for viewing as early as late June.

ASU Fires President Gwendolyn Boyd

Dec 19, 2016

Former Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd says she wishes her alma mater the best despite being fired by the institution.

Alabama State's Board of Trustees voted 8-6 late last week to terminate Boyd’s contract, citing her "failure to maintain the confidence of the board."

Boyd told WSFA-TV she felt her administration was moving in the right direction. Hired in 2013, Boyd was suspended at a Nov. 4 meeting originally called to discuss the school’s budget.

Hearing set on future of Alabama State president

Nov 15, 2016

Trustees at Alabama State University will hold a hearing that could result in the removal of President Gwendolyn Boyd.

The decision came during a board meeting yesterday. Boyd was suspended from work 10 days ago, and the hearing set for Dec. 16 will determine the next step.

Board members complained that they can't get information from Boyd. They mentioned a laundry list of issues on campus including prisoners being allowed to clean dorm rooms.

$270K grant to help ASU buy cutting-edge research printer

Oct 23, 2016

Alabama State University has won a $271,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art 3-D printer.

The printer will be used by students in ASU's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics departments.

It will enable researchers to custom design and build tissue replacements.

Dr. Derrick Dean is the lead principle investigator.  He says the printer will be used by at least three graduate and undergraduate courses in biomedical engineering and biological sciences.

Jurors hearing the federal retrial of former Madison police officer Eric Parker will be back in court today for a fourth day of deliberations.

Jurors will return to court this morning after telling U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala they were once again unable to come to a unanimous decision in the civil rights case.

The judge is trying to avoid a second mistrial for Parker on charges of violating the rights of 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel by using excessive force during a police stop in February. Parker's first trial ended in a hung jury.

Patient Tests Negative for Ebola, U.S. Coal Ash Vote

Aug 5, 2015

A patient being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at UAB Hospital has tested negative for the disease.

Jefferson County Medical Director Edward Khan says the patient recently visited a country with active Ebola cases. The patient began developing symptoms and notified authorities, and was admitted to UAB Hospital last night. Authorities have not released the patient’s identity or the country visited.

Alabama Universities Receive Accreditation Warning

Jun 21, 2015

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed Tuskegee University and Alabama State University on warning due to a lack of compliance with the accreditation agency's policies.

The association accredits the degree programs at both institutions. It placed Tuskegee University on a 12 month warning period, and extended a warning at Alabama State University for a second time -- now for a full year as well.

Testimony complete in ASU administrator lawsuit

Mar 1, 2015

Testimony is wrapping up in a lawsuit between former Alabama State University athletic director Stacy Danley and the university itself.

A ruling is expected to be issued sometime next month, after both sides file their final briefs.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

UAB officials said in a statement Tuesday that the $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will allow both schools to execute cancer-related research and training focused on helping underserved communities.

Alabama State University officials say they're planning to use a National Science Foundation grant to establish a data analytics lab.

University officials said in a release Monday that the school will use the $399,000 grant to focus on "big data," a term that's increasingly used to describe a volume of data so large and complex that it's difficult to interpret using standard database and software techniques.

Officials say the university will partner with Auburn University on a research project aimed at infusing data analytics in mathematics and statistics courses.

The Montgomery Advertiser

An ousted trustee at Alabama State University is telling an accreditation agency his removal violates standards.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Marvin Wiggins has reported his own removal from the board to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Gov. Robert Bentley removed Wiggins as an Alabama State trustee citing a summer camp operated by Wiggins' wide on the campus.

But Wiggins says Bentley's influence over the trustees and the lack of a due-process hearing violate standards of the accreditation organization.

The Montgomery Advertiser

Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is threatening to sue Gov. Robert Bentley for removing him as a trustee of Alabama State University.

Wiggins sent an email to the governor saying the removal violates his due process rights and is in violation of the standards of the university's accrediting agency.

A spokeswoman for the governor says he's reviewing the letter.

The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has removed Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins as a trustee of Alabama State University.

Bentley, who is president of the Alabama State board of trustees, had given Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Wiggins until Thursday afternoon to resign. Dean did, but Wiggins refused because he said he had done nothing wrong.

The chairman of the board of trustees at Alabama State University, Elton Dean, says he's resigning.

Dean announced his decision on the campus radio station, WVAS, Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Robert Bentley, who is president of the ASU board, had called for Dean and vice chairman Marvin Wiggins to resign after an accrediting agency gave the university a warning and cited conflicts of interest by Dean and Wiggins.

Wiggins said he's not resigning because he's done nothing wrong.

The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.

Bentley sent letters Tuesday to Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins asking them to resign by Thursday afternoon. Bentley says their resignations would be in the best interest of the university. Bentley serves as president of the Alabama State board by virtue of his office.

The president of the Alabama State University Student Government Association has sent a letter asking the chairman and vice chairman of the board of trustees to resign.

SGA President Darren Dubose said Monday the SGA Cabinet decided it was time to act when an accrediting agency sent the university a warning letter and noted that Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins had relatives with university contracts. Dubose also noted that Moody's Investor Services downgraded the university's bond rating during their tenure.

The National Park Service has chosen Alabama State University in Montgomery as the location for the third and final interpretative center along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail.

The park service and university President Gwendolyn Boyd signed a memorandum of understanding Monday. The signing comes one year before Alabama plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march.

Several sites in the capital city competed for the interpretative center, but officials said community support and resources clinched it for ASU.

Alabama State University officials have outlined initial steps they plan to take to recover from a credit downgrade and are looking for more information on specific things the school needs to do to respond to warning from an academic accreditation agency.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon. Chairman Elton Dean says he's assembled a group tasked with having weekly conference calls to discuss what the school needs to do to recover from its third credit downgrade by Moody's Investors Service within a roughly nine month period.

Alabama State University officials say they're committed to revamping administrative processes to respond to a recent credit downgrade and a warning from an accreditation agency.

In a statement Monday, ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd said the school's recent credit downgrade by Moody's Investor's Service is the third in almost nine months and she considers it a "very serious issue."

An accrediting agency has issued a warning to Alabama State University for failing to comply with several accreditation standards.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools issued the warning to ASU late last week, saying the school hasn't complied with standards on board of trustees governance, financial stability and Title IV funding issues.

A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.

WAKA-TV reports that after some debate, the council voted not to reconsider the location. The station reports that the National Park Service selected ASU as the site of the center in 2011.

Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin has proposed a resolution to reconsider the current location at Alabama State, favoring a site along the Selma to Montgomery March route.

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Two members of the Alabama State University board of trustees have questioned university President Gwendolyn Boyd's understanding of the school's governance structure, and Boyd has called claims they've made against her intimidation and harassment.

A series of letters obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser outlines a disagreement between Boyd and board members Elton Dean and Marvin Wiggins. The issue arose after Boyd distributed a revised organizational chart just before a late April trustee meeting.

An Alabama university is barring its new president from living with any romantic interest in the campus home provided her as long as she remains unmarried.

A contract signed by Gwendolyn Boyd to become head of Alabama State University in Montgomery prohibits her from sharing her presidential home with any partner. The contract notes Boyd is single and requires her to live in the house. It says the no-cohabitation clause is in effect as long as Boyd isn't married.