Jasper businessman Matthew Woods sworn in as state community colleges trustee

February 15, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees gained a new member on Wednesday.

Gov. Kay Ivey recently appointed Matthew Woods, a Bevill State Community College graduate and Jasper area businessman, to serve as a representative for District 4 in West Alabama.

Woods was sworn in on Wednesday after being confirmed by the Alabama Senate on Feb. 8. He’ll replace District 4 Trustee Frank Caldwell, who recently resigned his position on the board, which oversees Alabama’s 25 community and technical colleges.

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Bill removing state superintendent from UA School Board gets favorable report

January 26, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a favorable report for Senate Bill 194 dealing with the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. The bill allows the University of Alabama to maintain the districts that they already have anticipating the strong possibility that Alabama will lose a congressional district after the coming 2020 census.

Bill sponsor Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said that he hopes that Alabama will still have seven congressional districts upon reapportionment; but this bill would allow the university to maintain the districts as they are today.

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Auburn Athletics may be about to fire Bruce Pearl

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2017, Auburn University fired assistant men’s basketball coach, Auburn/NBA basketball legend, Chuck Person.

Person was indicted by a federal criminal grand jury Tuesday on six counts fraud, bribery, and conspiracy.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that a financial manager paid $91,500 worth of bribes to Person to refer clients to financial advisor Marty Blazer.  Former NBA referee, Rashan Michel, was allegedly the go-between between Blazer a shoe company and Person and the other coaches.  Person allegedly then gave $18,500 to the parents of two un-named Auburn players.  According to the FBI, Adidas, Auburn’s sponsoring shoe and apparel company, is named as being involved in this scandal.  Blazer is cooperating with federal authorities.

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David Wheeler announces campaign for House District 47

June 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Republican David Wheeler announced today that he is running for Alabama House of Representatives, District 47.

Rep. Wheeler said in a statement, “I have a long track record of leadership and success in my professional career and with my civic, community and political endeavors,” Wheeler said. “My conservative philosophy will best represent the residents of District 47. As a staunch conservative, I will be a strong advocate for the citizens of Hoover and Vestavia Hills.”
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Auburn BOT names Steven Leath Auburn’s 19th President

March 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, the Auburn University Board of Trustees unanimously selected Iowa State University President Steven Leath after a six-month national search. The University announced that Leath starts on July 15, and replaces Jay Gogue, who announced his retirement in September.

Trustee Raymond Harbert said, “This is a great day for Auburn. Dr. Leath is a strategic leader who will work alongside the campus community and alumni to elevate Auburn to the next level in instruction, research and outreach.”
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Longtime educator Jimmy H. Baker appointed ACCS Chancellor

March 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Community College System board of trustees voted on Wednesday to appoint acting chancellor Jimmy H. Baker as chancellor starting April 1.

Baker, who has served as interim chancellor for more than six months, replaces Mark Heinrich, who retired after being sidelined by a prolonged illness.

“Jimmy Baker has done a tremendous job of leading the system during the chancellor’s absence and has been far more than a place-holder,” said Al Thompson, Vice Chairman of the Community College system’s Board of Trustees. “As we searched for a permanent replacement, we realized we could never find a chancellor who would be more experienced or prepared than Jimmy Baker.”
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Two more ASU trustees rejected by Senate

February 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Two more people nominated to serve on Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees have been rejected by the Alabama Senate.

Houston attorney Claudine James and Fred Frost, a vice president at LogiCore Corporation in Huntsville were nixed by the Senate last week. Both were supporters of former president Gwendolyn Boyd, and Frost advocated for Boyd during her termination hearing in December.

Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord and Brenda Hunter, a high-level government consultant, were both approved and will continue to serve on the board.
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Sources: ASU board to fire Boyd on Friday

December 14, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has the votes to fire embattled university president Gwendolyn Boyd on Friday and will do so unless Boyd negotiates her resignation prior to the meeting, two sources close to the trustees told The Alabama Political Reporter.

The sources also said that attorney Dorman Walker, who the board hired to navigate its suspension and planned termination of Boyd, was authorized by board members to negotiate a resignation that would possibly pay Boyd a portion of the two-plus years remaining on her contract at the school. But as of late Tuesday, the sources said, Boyd had rebuffed all attempts at negotiating and her attorneys informed Walker that she would only accept continuing as president at the school.
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Separate Board for Two Year College System Passes Alabama House

April 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 23, the Alabama House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 191, which creates a new Board of Trustees to oversee the State’s two year college system.  SB191 was sponsored by state Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) and was carried in the Alabama House by Representative Steve McMillan (R-Minette).

Rep.  McMillan said that the new two year college board of trustees will be appointed and that by taking away the responsibilities of the two year college system from the elected Alabama State Board of Education, it will give them the opportunity to focus on K through 12. McMillan said that the move of assets and responsibilities will transfer from one board to the new board.
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House and Senate Have Busy Committee Schedules

April 15, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 15, is promising to be another busy day of committee meetings in the Alabama Legislature.

The House Education Policy Committee will hold a Public Hearing on SB191.  SB191 would establish a new Board to oversee Postsecondary Education.  The bill would transfer responsibility over two-year institutions of higher education from the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to the State Board of Postsecondary Education and the State Department of Postsecondary Education.  The bill is sponsored by Sen. Trip Pittman from Montrose.  The public hearing will be in Room 418 at 1:30 pm.
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