The board of Alabama State University on Friday suspended -- and indicated that it would soon fire -- Gwendolyn Boyd (right) as president. The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the suspension issue was added to the board's agenda at the last minute. No reason was given except that board members said they lost confidence in Boyd, who has been president since 2014. Employees have reported that the historically black university is facing financial difficulties and that they were told last week that furloughs were about to start.
Some have questioned the board's treatment of Boyd since her arrival. Her contract indicated that she could not have romantic partners cohabitate at her university-owned residence. Boyd did not object and said that it would have no impact on her (single) life, but others said such provisions were unusual and inappropriate.
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