Alabama State University president Joseph Silver

Alabama State University is interviewing three finalists for its presidency.

Members of a search committee Friday morning interviewed state Sen. Quinton Ross Jr. of Montgomery; and Gwendolyn Boyd of John Hopkins University. They planned to interview retired Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols Jr. of Virginia Friday afternoon.

The school is trying to replace Joseph Silver, who was suspended from the presidency and then left with a $685,000 severance package after three months on the job.

The week prior to being placed on administrative leave, former Alabama State University President Joseph Silver got into a public disagreement with two administrators about the university's annual Turkey Day Classic parade.