The Alabama State University Board of Trustees voted Monday to place the school's new president on paid administrative leave.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports the panel recommended that Joseph Silver be placed on leave immediately. The circumstances that led to their decision were not immediately clear.
The full board will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. to consider the recommendation while Silver is on leave.
John Knight, a state representative who also serves executive vice president and chief operating officer at the university, will take control of daily operations.
The newspaper reported that Silver issued letter of termination for Knight and Danielle Kennedy-Lamar, vice president of university relations.
The board of trustees hired Silver in June of 2012, and he previously served as vice president at Savannah State University.
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