ASU Presidential Search Meeting To Continue, Despite Governor's Request To Halt It
Alabama State University is moving forward in the search for a new president tonight, despite calls from Governor Robert Bentley to temporarily stop the search following an audit that showed money being misspent.
Some ASU officials say a request from the Governor isn't enough to stop them from having this meeting. One search committee member says they've put in too much work to stop now.
Search committee member, Donald Watkins, believes the Governor is trying to discredit the university by halting the search.
With the university moving forward with its meeting, the Governor released a statement regarding the Forensic Strategic Solutions audit. It stated, "The issues -- and questions raised by the FSS report are the basis for my request to temporarily halt the operations of the Presidential Search Committee. I believe we can all agree the next president of ASU must be well-qualified as a leader, with financial acumen, strong ethics, and a record of academic achievement."
The Governor's office tells us they will be holding a special board meeting with the full board of trustees to discuss the audit. While it has not been scheduled, he says the meeting will be in the coming weeks.
The case has been referred to the Alabama Attorney General's office and because Luther Strange provided legal services to the school, he has recused himself from the case. The AG's office says 24th Judicial Circuit District Attonry, Chris McCool, will handle the matter.