The Alabama State University Board of Trustees voted, last week, to suspend Gwendolyn Boyd as president, according to AL.com.
She has been placed on administrative leave following the board’s declaration of “failure to maintain confidence.” Boyd was hired in January 2014 by unanimous vote. was known for amping up the schools STEM programs, but 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.”
The board appointed Provost Dr. Leon Wilson to serve as interim president. There was a hearing on the matter on November 14.
Boyd is a former national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
The mass exodus of women in top roles at Black higher education institutions has sparked concern.