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UWA's faculty senate has adopted a resolution calling for the resignation of seven members of the board. The resolution calls for the resignations of: Dwight Duke, Robert Keahey, Mann Minus, Doris Oliveria, John Smith, Thed Spree and Nat Watkins.

"The president of the Alumni Association has also called for the resignations of the seven," says faculty senate president Dr. Richard Schellhammer. "It's just that we believe they're the ones standing in the way of the university. They're the ones who brought down SACS on us."

Last month the Southern Association of Colleges placed UWA on a yearlong probation, not for academic shortfalls, but instead sitting the split among members of the board of trustees. Not only that, but faculty administrators say it's been almost a year since school deans have presented academic reports to the board.

"I don't think they quite appreciate the academic side, says Schellhammer. "As one board member said, 'He didn't want to hear anymore BORING academic reports.' Well, the whole point of a university is academics isn't it!"

Since last March there's been a divide among board members about who's the president of the board. Since then, members have been meeting at different times and in different locations.

Currently, Mann Minus who was chairman of the board at last year's meeting in question is spearheading a lawsuit to legally determine who's the head of the board. Concerning the request for his resignation he has this to say:

"I can understand their frustration. I'm a little frustrated, but I don’t know of ANY members of the board that are interested in resigning."

At last check none of the board members had resigned. Meanwhile, the university's faculty senate has also asked Governor Bob Riley to request the seven members resignation.

"What we want is HARMONY!" says Schellhammer.