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ASU: Presidential search will continue despite governor's wishes

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Gov. Bentley said Monday that there was enough information in the preliminary audit that he thinks the ASU presidential search should be temporarily halted. ASU says that won't happen. Gov. Bentley said Monday that there was enough information in the preliminary audit that he thinks the ASU presidential search should be temporarily halted. ASU says that won't happen.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The search for a new president will continue at Alabama State University despite requests from Governor Robert Bentley that the search be halted in light of new revelations of possible waste and wrongdoing at the university.

"The presidential search is ongoing," ASU spokesman Ken Mullinax said. "We have a meeting this week and there are no plans to delay."

Gov. Bentley recommended that the presidential search be suspended after the initial results of a forensic audit were made public Monday afternoon.

The preliminary result of an extensive forensic audit were released by Gov. Bentley's office Monday afternoon, the same day that officials at ASU received the results.

Auditors at Forensic Strategic Solutions presented a 36 page document that detailed allegations of financial waste, conflicts of interest, and a confusing structure of financial record keeping at the university.

The most serious allegations were raised against three current and former members of the Alabama State University Board of Trustees, Chairman Elton Dean, Vice Chair Judge Marvin Wiggins, and former board member Dr. Lawrence Lemak who resigned in April.

The report lays out evidence that the families of all three individuals benefited directly from employment or financial arrangements with Alabama State University.

ASU's former President Joseph Silver reached a separation agreement with the school after he raised allegations of financial wrongdoing during his two months in office.

Judge Wiggins chairs the presidential search committee and it is set to meet this Thursday.

Wiggins told the ASU Board of Trustees recently that more than 60 people have applied to fill the vacancy, including eight individuals who have been vetted further as potential candidates.

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