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Alabama State-Lawsuit
4:36 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

11th Circuit Rejects Alabama St. Appeal In Lawsuit

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Alabama State University's appeal of a $1 million court judgment for sexual harassment.

Federal judges are rejecting Alabama State University's appeal of a $1 million court judgment for sexual harassment.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the school in a 23-page decision on Tuesday.

Three former employees won more than $1 million total in a lawsuit that claimed two top administrators made numerous inappropriate comments and created a hostile work environment.

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ASU-Smoking Ban
4:27 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

ASU To Implement Temporary Smoking Ban

Alabama State University's president is looking to implement a temporary smoking ban.
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The president of Alabama State University says he's looking to implement a temporary smoking ban.


University President William Harris says that he's going to use executive authority to temporarily ban the use of all tobacco products on campus.


He says science has proven "that smoking causes grave difficulties to health," and university officials want students and staff to be as healthy as possible.

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Interpretive Center-Grant
5:11 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Ala. Officials Award Grant To Voting Rights Center

State officials have awarded Alabama State University $800,000 in grant funding for the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center.
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State officials have awarded Alabama State University with $800,000 in grant funding for the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center.


The funding will be added to an existing grant of $1.2 million.


Director of Alabama State University's National Center for the study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture says the center will be located near Hornet Stadium on the university's campus.


Organizers say they hope to open the center in time for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March in March 2015.

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Voting Rights Center
7:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center

A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail.
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The board of the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation has authorized $1.2 million in bond money for a landmark voting rights center in the capitol city.

A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail, officials said Tuesday.

Finance Director Marquita Davis told Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard the center had been funded in 2001, but the project didn't get off the ground.

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Business & Education
9:09 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Alabama State Trustee Kathy Sawyer Resigns Post

Kathy Sawyer, member Alabama State University Board of Trustees, resigned from her post.
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Officials say Alabama State University trustee Kathy Sawyer has resigned from the institution's board.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/VlnTTq ) that Sawyer submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Robert Bentley on Jan. 13.

She stated in her resignation letter that she was unable to fulfill her responsibility "in a manner that benefits both the university and me personally."

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Business & Education
7:24 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Emails Reveal Spat Involving Former ASU President

Former ASU President Joseph Silver
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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.

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Alabama State President
5:03 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Alabama State Board To Consider President's Fate

Alabama State's board will meet Friday to to consider the fate of embattled president Joseph Silver.
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Alabama State University's board of trustees will meet Friday to consider the fate of embattled president Joseph Silver.


The Montgomery Advertiser reported the developments after it obtained an email sent from one trustee to the board chairman.


Silver has been on leave since Nov. 26, when the executive committee of the board took that action in an emergency meeting.


Immediately following that meeting, Silver claimed he was being punished for questioning several contracts currently in place at ASU that didn't benefit the school.

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Business & Education
6:37 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Legislators Seek Money Records from Alabama State

Senator Trip Pittman of Montrose is one of three lawmakers asking Alabama State University to turn over financial records.
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Three legislative leaders on education issues have asked Alabama State University for records of all contracts and payments to public officials or their immediate families.

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Business & Education
6:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

2 With Ties to Suspended Ala. State President Cut

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave last month.
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(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)


Two Alabama State University employees with ties to suspended university President Joseph Silver are out of their jobs.


University vice president Danielle Kennedy said the vice president for business and finance, Edward Patrick, and the senior assistant to the president, Joyce Outler, no longer work for Alabama State because the board of trustees did not approve their hiring.

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Business & Education
11:26 am
Fri November 30, 2012

ASU Trustees Delay Action on Suspended President

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver was placed on administrative leave on Monday.
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Alabama State University trustees say they won't decide the fate of the school's suspended president because his mother died.

Joseph Silver's mother died Thursday night. Trustees had planned to discuss Silver at their Friday morning meeting.

Silver contends he was suspended after raising questions about financial matters at the Montgomery school, including concerns about undisclosed contracts. Silver tried to fire two top university officials.

ASU officials have denied any financial wrongdoing at the school.

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Business & Education
7:14 am
Fri November 30, 2012

ASU Attorney: Silver Sent E-mail Firing Officials

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday. He was hired in June.
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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.

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Alabama State President
5:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Silver Says He Did Not Get Cooperation At ASU

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday.
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Suspended Alabama State University President Joseph Silver said he did not receive cooperation from top university officials concerning the school's finances.


An executive committee of the board placed Silver on paid administrative leave Monday after Silver tried to fire executive vice president John Knight. Knight is a state representative from Montgomery.


Silver said in a written statement Wednesday that while reviewing the university's financial information, he had questions and no one would give him answers or provide requested documentation.

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Business & Education
5:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Panel Votes to Place New ASU President on Leave

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver is on paid administrative leave.
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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.

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Business & Education
8:36 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Historically Black Ala. Colleges Get Big Grants

Alabama State University is receiving nearly $4 million in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Education.
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The U.S. Department of Education is awarding millions in grants to historically black colleges in Alabama.

The five-year grants will affect curriculum and teaching programs, campus building improvements and the purchase of scientific equipment.

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