*Gwendolyn Boyd is not going down without a fight now that the Alabama State University Board of Trustees voted last week to suspend her as president, following the board’s declaration of “failure to maintain confidence.”
A hearing was held this week to determine Boyd’s future, and during the hours long inquiry, the ASU Board of Trustees decided to push back the date for making a decision on her future.
Boyd will have to wait a while longer to see if she’ll be fired. Late Monday evening, the board came out of the session and determined another hearing will be set for Dec. 16, reports wtvm.com. The board appointed Provost Dr. Leon Wilson to serve as interim president.
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Boyd was hired in January 2014 by unanimous vote, and was known for improving the schools STEM programs. She also battled accreditation issues, credit drops and budget short falls.
“It’s disappointing. It definitely caught me off guard. It’s not good for the university, but they are the board and they do get to make that decision,” she says.
Boyd, a former national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, is the fourth woman president of an HBCU to be out of a job in the past two months. The Jacksonville Free Press notes that “former Jackson State University president Carolyn Meyers resigned in October amid concerns about the school’s finances. Lady June Cole was fired from Allen University in September after three years with the university. Elmira Mangum stepped down as president of Florida A&M University in September after she reportedly had strained relationships with members of the Board of Trustees.”
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Check out the video report below on ASU’s board hearing to determine Boyd’s future with school: