Bentley Asks for Delay in ASU Board Meeting on Silver


By CBS 8 News

CBS 8 News has confirmed that Gov. Robert Bentley has asked the Alabama State University Board of Trustees to delay a meeting that would discuss the future of suspended ASU President Joseph Silver.

The Governor's Office released a statement, saying, "Governor Bentley is concerned about the situation at Alabama State University and has asked that the Board of Trustees meeting be delayed until he can return from Germany and be present at the meeting to discuss President Silver's administrative leave recommendation."

The request was made in a letter sent to members of the board.

Silver, who has been ASU president for fewer than 90 days, was put on administrative leave with pay yesterday by an executive committee of the board. The full board has scheduled a meeting Thursday to discuss Silver.

Silver says there is financial wrongdoing at ASU, but has not provided details. He says he was suspended after firing State Rep. John Knight (D-Montgomery), who is executive vice president at ASU, and another administrator.

Knight denies knowing of any allegations of wrongdoing. He was put in charge of ASU's day-to-day operations when Silver was put on leave.

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