UWA Provost Leaves Position

University of West Alabama provost, David Taylor, has retired and will return to teaching.

Dr. David Taylor (Photo courtesy: University of West Alabama)

Livingston, Ala.
The provost for the University of West Alabama, David Taylor, has resigned from the position. The Tuscaloosa News reports that Taylor exercised an option in his contract to return to teaching through UWA's online classes.

Taylor's departure from the provost's office comes almost three weeks after the March 3 decision by the UWA board of trustees not to extend the contract of UWA president, Dr. Richard Holland, which expires at the end of September.

Taylor praised Holland's leadership and the growth the university experienced during Holland's 11-year tenure.

The UWA board of trustees have placed Holland on paid leave while an investigation is conducted into Holland's allegations that improprieties occurred during his annual evaluation.

The report by investigators Drayton Pruitt, a Livingston attorney and former UWA trustee, and former Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Tommy Smith is expected by April 15.

Liberal Arts Dean Tim Edwards was named the interim provost, according to the president's office.

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