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Deadline nears for ASU trustees' response to resignation requests

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Trustees Marvin Wiggins (L) and Elton Dean (R) (Source: WSFA 12 News) Trustees Marvin Wiggins (L) and Elton Dean (R) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

In two separate letters sent to the Alabama State University Board of Trustees Tuesday morning, Governor Robert Bentley asked that Board Chairman Elton Dean and Vice-Chairman Judge Marvin Wiggins resign.

The time for that response is rapidly running out as Gov. Bentley's letters require a response by 5 p.m. today (Thursday). There's been no word that either man has moved forward with a response.

In the letters, the governor wrote, "Out of deep concern for the future of ASU, the student body, its accreditation and financial standing, I am compelled to request your voluntary resignation as a member of the Board of Trustees of Alabama State University immediately.

[DOCUMENT: Governor's letter to Elton Dean (.pdf)]

[DOCUMENT: Governor's letter to Marvin Wiggins (.pdf)]

When asked for comment, Dean told WSFA 12 News he was not going to speak on the issue of ASU. Multiple attempts to reach Wiggins were unsuccessful.

In the letters the governor also cited a proposed amendment to the ASU Bylaws that he was not made aware of and that would change the process of removing board members.

The governor also quoted from the SACS correspondence concerning ASU's 6-month warning and from Moody's statement downgrading ASU's financial rating as support for his reasoning in asking for Dean's and Wiggins' resignations.

The governor's letters follow Monday's letter sent to the Board from ASU Student Government Association President Darren Dubose demanding the resignation of Dean and Wiggins.

Both letters come in the wake of the university's announcement on Friday that it received official notice of a six-month warning from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges, or SACSCOC.

In that notice, SACS came down hard on ASU, citing both Dean and Wiggins as having conflicts of interest while serving on the board.

SACS placed much of the blame for the warning on the board of trustees.

ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd issued the following statement in regards to the governor's letters:

"I have read all of the material from all of the concerned parties, which includes the Alabama State University Student Government Association president, our alumni, friends, supporters of the University and Governor Robert Bentley; and we will respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved."

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