Livingston, Ala. The University of West Alabama Board of Trustees says it's ready to start moving forward after placing President Richard Holland on administrative leave. Dr. Holland's removal was met with much protest in the community. But now the board has appointed new members for a presidential search committee. Board Chairman Terry Bunn says these members were chosen after careful deliberation and with input from both board members and outside factions. He says it's a decision not to be taken lightly.
"It's going to be a nationwide search," he says. "We're going to go about it the right way. We're excited about that, and I know that we'll find the right candidate."
The board's temporary choice to take Dr. Holland's place, was also presented for the first time. Special Administrator John Blackwell talked about his plans to move the university forward. The preliminary report from the independent investigator is also in. This investigator was hired by the board to look into allegations of wrongdoing by board members themselves.
"Tommy Smith and Pruett were brought in at the request of Dr. Holland. He wanted an investigation, so that's what the board deemed necessary. Today we discussed possible legal allegations, and I'm not at liberty to discuss those at this time," Bunn says.
They expect that final report to come in within the next few weeks.