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President of Alabama A&M U. Is Fired Over Assistant's Paid Leave

March 31, 2008

Alabama A&M University’s governing board voted today to fire the institution’s president, Robert R. Jennings, according to a news release from the Huntsville, Ala., university. The board had investigated Mr. Jennings over a job perk received by his former executive assistant, Marco McMillian. According to the board, Mr. Jennings had erred in hiring Mr. McMillian, who it said was underqualified, and had also improperly granted him a paid leave. The Huntsville Times reported that Mr. Jennings may have altered documentation concerning Mr. McMillian’s leave, an allegation that Mr. Jennings has denied. —Paul Fain