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ASU Faculty Senate wants presidential search stopped


The Alabama State University Faculty Senate voted Thursday morning to approve a vote of "no confidence" in the university's governing board and to call for the search for a new president to stop.

"The faculty senate is not satisfied with the finalists," said Charlie Hardy, the Chairman of the ASU Faculty Senate. "We want the search stopped."

The executive committee of the faculty senate sent a copy of the decision to the ASU Board of Trustees last week urging the board to stop the presidential search.

Hardy said the entire faculty senate wants the board to start from scratch and employ a firm that specializes in filling top administrative vacancies.

"Well you know the current process has had some flaws and, of course, after a period of time we look at the pool of applicants. It just might be well that we try and expand that to make sure that we have the right person who needs to head this institution. You know, this time we must get it right," Hardy said.

ASU's presidential search committee, which is chaired by a pair of embattled members of the board of trustees, Board Chairman Elton Dean and Vice-Chair Marvin Wiggins, has been working since the beginning of the year to find a replacement for Dr. Joseph Silver. Silver reached a separation agreement with the university last year after he raised questions about finances and presented allegations of wrongdoing.

Charlie Hardy, who teaches business at ASU, has been a member of the presidential search committee since the beginning.

A spokesperson for Alabama State released a statement Thursday evening that said, "The action by the Faculty Senate will be given whatever weight it deserves; however, the presidential search process will proceed to a conclusion."

"It would be unfair to the other valued University stakeholders to give this one group virtual veto power over the search process and the selection of the next president."

The ASU Presidential Search Committee released the names of the four finalists at its meeting Wednesday night. The four finalists are Dr. Jorge Haddock, the current dean of the School of Management at George Mason University, Gwendolyn Boyd who is an ASU alumnae with a Masters from Yale in engineering that works at a physics lab at Johns Hopkins University, Retired Army Brigadier General Samuel Nichols who served 30 years in the military, and State Sen. Quinton Ross who earned a doctoral degree from ASU along with Bachelors and Masters degrees.

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