A year after becoming the first female president of the University of Alabama, Judy Bonner has guided the institution through record-breaking growth, the death of Athletics Director Mal Moore, and the integration of traditionally white sororities.
The 66-year-old president reflected on that year Wednesday in a speech to the faculty and staff in Tuscaloosa.
Bonner said the university is stronger when everyone shows respect. She also said the university's continued growth depends on having a culture of success for everyone.
Traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.
UA President Judy Bonner provided an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at Alabama in a video Friday.
Bonner says during the recently reopened continuous open bid process sororities have issued 72 bids this week.
Eleven African American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African American women and two by other minorities.
The president of the University of Alabama says the school can't investigate voter fraud allegations until local and state agencies have done so.
University president Judy Bonner wrote a letter to students and faculty in response to allegations that some of the school's fraternities and sororities encouraged members to vote for municipal elections candidates by offering free drinks and other incentives.
The University of Alabama has named a replacement for provost Judy Bonner, who was recently tapped as the school's first female president.
Long-time administrator and faculty member Joe Benson will serve as interim provost, which is the school's chief academic official.
Benson has been vice president for research and vice provost since 2009. A statement released Monday says he will continue in the vice presidential slot and as provost until his planned retirement in summer 2013.