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ASU SGA president asks for resignation of board chairman and vice chairman

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama State University's Student Government Association President Darren Dubose has demanded the resignation of ASU Board of Trustees Chairman Dean and Vice Chairman Wiggins.

According to a letter sent by Dubose to Dean and Wiggins there are several reasons the two officials should resign immediately from their current positions with the university.

In the letter Dubose states, "We demand this resignation because your leadership has caused the university to undergo an accreditation warning and has caused embarrassment and conflict to the university."

On Friday July 18, the university received official notice of a six-month warning from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges, or SACSCOC.

"With SACS breathing down our back, we felt it was the proper stance to represent the 5,000 plus students at Alabama State," Dubose said. "We appreciate all that you have done, but in order for this university to stay at the top, we need you to resign."

ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd has not seen Dubose's letter yet, but she supports the SGA's exercise of civil rights, and sees this as growing pains.

"I think it's part of it," Boyd said. "It's part of student life, and it's a part of growing pains as we grow into this new university."

Boyd has not said if she agrees with the SGA's demands, but promises ASU will move forward.

"We will be proactive in what we will do here to make sure that we never get to that place again," Boyd said.

In the letter, Dubose calls for Dean and Wiggins to resign by July 25.

The letter goes into detail about why SACSCOC issued the warning following a review of the institutional response to unsolicited information alleging non-compliance of the accrediting organization's Principles of Accreditation:

Below is the letter in its entirety:

July 20, 2014 

Dear Chairman Dean and Vice Chairman Wiggins:

Based on the warning letter received from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Alabama State University Student Government Association requests that you and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins resign from your positions as trustee members effective immediately. We demand this resignation because your leadership has caused the university to undergo an accreditation warning and has caused embarrassment and conflict to the university.  This is damaging Alabama State University's brand and image, and your actions are tearing away at the credibility of ASU and negatively affecting the students, staff and alumni.

Our reasons for asking for your resignations are as follows:

•SACSCOC named yours and Trustee Wiggins' family members as having contracts with the university.  This is a direct violation of SACSCOC standards.

•Moody's Investors Service cited the Board as having "significant governance and management challenges, which have led to and been exacerbated by extraordinary events, such as a forensic audit, presidential turnover, and accreditation challenges that limit ability to focus on core operational improvement," which resulted in three downgrades within the last six months.

•The Board voted to allow the student body and taxpayers of the state of Alabama to pay legal expenses that they may incur in the event that any of the board members or university administrators are charged with a criminal or civil offense.

•In a news report, dated July 18, 2014 on WSFA, you referred to the SACSCOC citations as minor, which is an indication that you do not take the violations seriously.

•In a time when the University is economically strapped, the Executive Committee of the Board, on which you and Vice Chairman Wiggins serve, made the request for a $100,000 transfer of money to the Board's account to hire personnel and to use for various meetings after asking the university administration to cut back on spending; and

•Under your leadership, the University is experiencing financial difficulties that could have been avoided had more stringent guidelines been placed on spending and approval of spending. 

The student body believes that it is in the best interest of the university that both of you resign immediately and submit your resignations by Friday, July 25, 2014 to Governor Robert Bentley. 

Sincerely,

Darren L. Dubose 

Student Government Association President

 

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