After President’s Ouster, Alabama State U. Puts 2 More Administrators on Leave

The university on Tuesday placed its vice president for business and finance and a senior assistant to the ousted president, Joseph Silver, on leave, as top officials continued to deny Mr. Silver’s allegations that he was put on leave for raising questions about the Montgomery institution’s financial dealings. Those employees worked with Mr. Silver before his arrival at Alabama State. The university’s Board of Trustees had planned to meet on Thursday to address the controversy, but that session has been delayed at the request of Gov. Robert J. Bentley, who is out of the country and wants to attend.

“These are some of the wildest allegations I have ever heard,” said executive vice president and chief operating officer John Knight, who said he was speaking on behalf of the administration.

Knight and Elton Dean, chairman of the ASU board of trustees, said Tuesday that Silver never talked to them and other officials about any findings of wrongdoing and that he did not mention it until he was being placed on leave by the board of trustees. Knight, also a state legislator, said Silver has an obligation to come forward if he has found anything.

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