Elton Dean Resigns As Alabama State University Board Trustee, Marvin Wiggins Refuses Resignation

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By Catalina Trivino
By Ashley Thompson

Alabama State University's board of trustees chairman, Elton Dean, has resigned from the board. Vice-chairman, Marvin Wiggins, has refused to resign from the board. They made their announcements on WVAS Radio Station, which is Alabama State University's radio station.

What lead us to this point?

Last week, the university received a letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, noting sanctions of conflicts of interest and financial instability. The SACS letter also puts the university on a six month warning period from the Association.

Both Wiggins and Dean were cited in them.

MONDAY, JULY 21: ASU SGA President, Darren Dubose sent a letter to both of the trustees asking them to resign by Friday, saying their leadership has caused the accreditation warning, bringing embarrassment to the university.

TUESDAY, JULY 22: The Governor steps in -- giving Wiggins and Dean a 5 p.m. deadline to resign.

THURSDAY, JULY 24 4 p.m: Wiggins and Dean are invited to WVAS, Alabama State University's Radio Station, to address students about their announcements. Dean says he has resigned. Wiggins says he refuses to resign.

Alabama News Network spoke to Wiggins exclusively on camera, who tells us he is disappointed Dean stepped down.

"I have not seen one letter from the SGA President, from Dr. Freeman, Mr. Black, or anyone else asking the Governor to resign, since he played a role in where we are today. So that's the challenge. Challenge everybody, I'm sorry -- if you're going to challenge one person, challenge everybody. Make all of us responsible for what is happening. I'm prepared to accept my responsibliity," Said WIggins.

Hear more from Wiggins in an exclusive one-on-one interview coming up at 10 p.m.

Dean did not want to comment on camera, but in a statement, he says:

"After much prayer and consideration, a period of intense and serious conversation with my family, I have made a decision relative to the request of the Student Government Association, the ASU Alumni, and the Governor of the great State of Alabama, the Honorable Robert Bentley."

He further states, "My family has given me their input and with that input, I am resigning as of today from the board of trustees here at Alabama State University. I will continue to support this university, the students and the administration, faculty and staff in any way that I possibly can."

Governor Bentley's spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis tells us the Governor's office has not received Dean's official resignation letter as of about 6:30 p.m.

Stay with Alabama News Network for the latest updates.



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