Alabama State University Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean has resigned from his position at Governor Robert Bentley's request but Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins has refused to step down, and he's telling us why in an exclusive one-on-one interview.
Alabama State University Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins were interviewed on Alabama State University's campus radio station, WVAS. Dean told listeners he was resigning.
"I want to do what's best for my family now because I feel like people at ASU, the leadership, don't appreciate it."
Wiggins, right after the segment, told us why he's decided not to. We spoke exclusively to Wiggins, who says he doesn't believe he's done anything wrong.
"My position I'm taking now is because what I believe in is right," he says.
Wiggins says he believes a preliminary audit report that showed conflict of interest and financial mismanagement at the university is partly to blame for ASU's recent troubles. He says Governor Robert Bentley, who hired the audit firm, should take some responsibility.
"They're writing all of this stuff and doing all of this stuff over a preliminary report that the report in of itself, you can't rely on. But nobody wants to question the governor. His inability to bring closure to this."
In letters sent to Dean and Wiggins, the governor accuses the trustees of trying to strip power from ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd. But Wiggins says the board was just trying to give her more help, by adding a board liaison.
"In electing Dr. Boyd, we understood that she had no experience in being a university president. We understood that she was not bringing anything to the table as a university president and that's why we wanted to surround her with some people who had the experience."
Wiggins says he's now expecting the governor to fire him but is ready to challenge that move.
"The legal team probably at that point will reject his attempt to remove me from the board and somebody's going to have to go to court. "
Wiggins says he holds no hard feelings toward anyone at the university. He reached out to ASU SGA President Darren Dubose but says Dubose did not want to meet with him upon hearing that he would not be resigning.
We tried contacting the governor's office several times today but were told the governor was not available for comment.