Alabama State-Governor
3:44 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governor Asks 2 ASU Trustees To Resign

Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.
Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.

Bentley sent letters Tuesday to Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins asking them to resign by Thursday afternoon. Bentley says their resignations would be in the best interest of the university. Bentley serves as president of the Alabama State board by virtue of his office.

Bentley's letter came one day after the president of the school's Student Government Association called on the same two trustees to step down. Bentley's letter also follows a six-month warning from an accreditation agency that cited conflicts of interest by Dean and Wiggins.

Dean could not be reached immediately for comment. Wiggins, a circuit judge, was in court and not immediately available for comment.