Gwendolyn Boyd new ASU president

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 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."

John Hopkins University

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.

The trustees of Alabama State University have approved a two-year contract that pays new President Gwendolyn Boyd $300,000 annually.

The board, including Gov. Robert Bentley, approved the contract unanimously Friday. It includes benefits, such as a president's home.

University spokesman Ken Mullinax said Boyd will start Feb. 1. She has been executive assistant to the chief of staff of the Applied Physics Lab at John Hopkins University.

She replaces Joseph Silver, who left in late 2012. He had an annual salary of $325,000, but only served a few months.

Alabama Senate Democrats

Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is seeking re-election after not being selected president of Alabama State University.

Ross was one of three finalists interviewed by the Alabama State trustees Friday, but they chose Gwendolyn Boyd from John Hopkins University.

Shortly after the selection, Ross announced he will run for a fourth term next year. Ross said he was thankful to be nominated to the Alabama State position, but he looks forward to continuing to represent his Montgomery County constituents.

John Hopkins University

The trustees of Alabama State University have selected Gwendolyn Boyd as the university's new president.

The board voted Friday after interviewing three finalists at the Montgomery university. The other finalists were retired Brigadier Gen. Samuel Nichols and Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross.