Alabama State University places president on leave

A lawyer for Alabama State University says suspended President Joseph Silver sent letters by email telling two top administrators they were being fired.

Attorney Kenneth Thomas said the emails were sent Monday to executive vice president John Knight and communications director Danielle Kennedy during a meeting where a committee of the board of trustees placed Silver on paid administrative leave.

Thomas said the emails were sent at 5:37 p.m. and 5:38 p.m. Monday. Silver has said he fired Knight and Kennedy.