Alabama State University

Cancer Disparities Grant
3:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

UAB, Alabama State Given Cancer Research Grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

UAB officials said in a statement Tuesday that the $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will allow both schools to execute cancer-related research and training focused on helping underserved communities.

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Alabama State-Grant
4:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

ASU Using Grant To Form Data Analytics Program

Alabama State University officials say they're planning to use a National Science Foundation grant to establish a data analytics lab.
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Alabama State University officials say they're planning to use a National Science Foundation grant to establish a data analytics lab.

University officials said in a release Monday that the school will use the $399,000 grant to focus on "big data," a term that's increasingly used to describe a volume of data so large and complex that it's difficult to interpret using standard database and software techniques.

Officials say the university will partner with Auburn University on a research project aimed at infusing data analytics in mathematics and statistics courses.

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Alabama State
3:45 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Ousted ASU Trustee Cites Removal As Breach

Marvin Wiggins, an ousted trustee at Alabama State University, is telling an accreditation agency his removal violates standards.
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An ousted trustee at Alabama State University is telling an accreditation agency his removal violates standards.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Marvin Wiggins has reported his own removal from the board to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Gov. Robert Bentley removed Wiggins as an Alabama State trustee citing a summer camp operated by Wiggins' wide on the campus.

But Wiggins says Bentley's influence over the trustees and the lack of a due-process hearing violate standards of the accreditation organization.

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Alabama State Trustees
3:47 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Former ASU Trustee Threatens To Sue Governor

Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is threatening to sue Gov. Robert Bentley for removing him as a trustee of Alabama State University.
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is threatening to sue Gov. Robert Bentley for removing him as a trustee of Alabama State University.

Wiggins sent an email to the governor saying the removal violates his due process rights and is in violation of the standards of the university's accrediting agency.

A spokeswoman for the governor says he's reviewing the letter.

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Alabama State Trustees
3:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Governor Bentley Removes Wiggins From ASU Board

Gov. Robert Bentley has removed Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins as a trustee of Alabama State University.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has removed Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins as a trustee of Alabama State University.

Bentley, who is president of the Alabama State board of trustees, had given Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Wiggins until Thursday afternoon to resign. Dean did, but Wiggins refused because he said he had done nothing wrong.

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Alabama State Trustees
4:23 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Chairman Of Alabama State Board Resigning

The chairman of the board of trustees at Alabama State University, Elton Dean, says he's resigning.
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The chairman of the board of trustees at Alabama State University, Elton Dean, says he's resigning.

Dean announced his decision on the campus radio station, WVAS, Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Robert Bentley, who is president of the ASU board, had called for Dean and vice chairman Marvin Wiggins to resign after an accrediting agency gave the university a warning and cited conflicts of interest by Dean and Wiggins.

Wiggins said he's not resigning because he's done nothing wrong.

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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.
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.

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Business & Education
6:41 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Alabama State SGA Leaders Asks 2 Trustees to Resign

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The president of the Alabama State University Student Government Association has sent a letter asking the chairman and vice chairman of the board of trustees to resign.

SGA President Darren Dubose said Monday the SGA Cabinet decided it was time to act when an accrediting agency sent the university a warning letter and noted that Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins had relatives with university contracts. Dubose also noted that Moody's Investor Services downgraded the university's bond rating during their tenure.

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Voting Rights March
4:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Alabama State Picked For Historic March Exhibit

The National Park Service has chosen Alabama State University in Montgomery as the location for the third and final interpretative center along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail.
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The National Park Service has chosen Alabama State University in Montgomery as the location for the third and final interpretative center along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail.

The park service and university President Gwendolyn Boyd signed a memorandum of understanding Monday. The signing comes one year before Alabama plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march.

Several sites in the capital city competed for the interpretative center, but officials said community support and resources clinched it for ASU.

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Business & Education
6:17 am
Thu July 10, 2014

ASU Committee Discusses Financing, Accreditation

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Alabama State University officials have outlined initial steps they plan to take to recover from a credit downgrade and are looking for more information on specific things the school needs to do to respond to warning from an academic accreditation agency.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon. Chairman Elton Dean says he's assembled a group tasked with having weekly conference calls to discuss what the school needs to do to recover from its third credit downgrade by Moody's Investors Service within a roughly nine month period.

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Business & Education
6:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

ASU President Responds to Moody's Credit Downgrade

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Alabama State University officials say they're committed to revamping administrative processes to respond to a recent credit downgrade and a warning from an accreditation agency.

In a statement Monday, ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd said the school's recent credit downgrade by Moody's Investor's Service is the third in almost nine months and she considers it a "very serious issue."

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Business & Education
8:13 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Accrediting Agency Issues Warning to Alabama State

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An accrediting agency has issued a warning to Alabama State University for failing to comply with several accreditation standards.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools issued the warning to ASU late last week, saying the school hasn't complied with standards on board of trustees governance, financial stability and Title IV funding issues.

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Civil Rights-Interpretive Center
3:55 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civil Rights Center To Stay At Alabama State Univ.

A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.
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A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.

WAKA-TV reports that after some debate, the council voted not to reconsider the location. The station reports that the National Park Service selected ASU as the site of the center in 2011.

Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin has proposed a resolution to reconsider the current location at Alabama State, favoring a site along the Selma to Montgomery March route.

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Business & Education
4:46 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Letters Outline Tension Between ASU Leaders

Two members of the Alabama State University board of trustees have questioned university President Gwendolyn Boyd's understanding of the school's governance structure.
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Two members of the Alabama State University board of trustees have questioned university President Gwendolyn Boyd's understanding of the school's governance structure, and Boyd has called claims they've made against her intimidation and harassment.

A series of letters obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser outlines a disagreement between Boyd and board members Elton Dean and Marvin Wiggins. The issue arose after Boyd distributed a revised organizational chart just before a late April trustee meeting.

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College President-Cohabitation
3:58 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

University Bars President From Campus Cohabitation

Alabama State University is barring its new president from living with any romantic interest in the campus home provided her as long as she remains unmarried.
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An Alabama university is barring its new president from living with any romantic interest in the campus home provided her as long as she remains unmarried.

A contract signed by Gwendolyn Boyd to become head of Alabama State University in Montgomery prohibits her from sharing her presidential home with any partner. The contract notes Boyd is single and requires her to live in the house. It says the no-cohabitation clause is in effect as long as Boyd isn't married.

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