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ASU Students Return From Break Confused About Former Pres. Silver
By Heather VacLav


Students at Alabama State University are back to class this week, but the university made big decisions while they were gone during winter break.

“People are still wondering where is Dr. Silver? Who is our president?” questioned Da’shia Hill, a sophomore student at ASU.

Hill is one of many students who felt out of the loop when the ASU Board of Trustees reached a mutual separation agreement with Joseph Silver December 21, 2012.

“We still go to class, still have fun, kick it outside like we do, but as far as the president wise, they try not to tell us about it, they try to keep us out of it,” freshman Dequache Davis said.

ASU students say they are a bit confused their the first week of the Spring 2013 semester, not quite understanding why new President Joseph Silver was suspended for nearly a month, then let go while during winter vacation.

“I don’t think very many people know what’s going on, except for what they see on the news, or read in the newspaper, I think they should have a better system on telling students,” freshman Tyler Devore said.

CBS-8 asked dozens of students if they received a letter or message from ASU about the decision with Silver, and all said they did not receive any form of communication from ASU.

“Nothing ever came around, [not] an email, a letter, we never had a meeting in the acadome, nothing, so it was kinda like 'Hey, where's the president? The president is fired,” Hill said.

ASU spokesperson Ken Mullinax says the university did tell students about Silver. He says a message was posted on Facebook December 21st, emails were sent out to all students December 22, and the letter to students was also posted on the university website for two weeks there after.

While many students don't understand why Joseph Silver is gone, they hope the next president is chosen wisely.

“[It needs to be] Somebody who will be more in check, look over things more often, make sure nothing happening, make sure everything is kosher,” freshman Wesley Moton said.

Governor Bentley's office says he expects to meet with ASU trustees by the end of the month to appoint a presidential search committee.

Also, one week ago, ASU also fired athletic director Stacy Danley, after nearly four months of paid administrative leave. The Athletic Department says it will advertise a nationwide search to fill his position in the coming month.