ASU Trustees Delay Action on Suspended President

Nov 30, 2012

Alabama State University trustees say they won't decide the fate of the school's suspended president because his mother died.

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver was placed on administrative leave on Monday.

Joseph Silver's mother died Thursday night. Trustees had planned to discuss Silver at their Friday morning meeting.

Silver contends he was suspended after raising questions about financial matters at the Montgomery school, including concerns about undisclosed contracts. Silver tried to fire two top university officials.

ASU officials have denied any financial wrongdoing at the school.

An ASU lawyer has said that Silver sent letters by email telling the administrators they were being fired. Kenneth Thomas said the emails were sent via cell phone on Monday during a meeting where a committee of the board of trustees placed Silver on paid administrative leave.

Silver previously served as provost of Clark Atlanta University.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.