ASU Board of Trustees Selects Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd As President

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By Ashley Thompson

After an 11-0 vote, the Alabama State University board of trustees voted unanimously to make Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd the next president of its university.

This, almost one year after President Dr. Joseph Silver agreed to part ways with the school.

Three candidates were interviewed at ASU Friday morning by the board of trustees. After little debate, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd was asked to accept the position as the next president.

"We can only go up," says Boyd. "We can only continue to have greatness."

Boyd was all smiles as she accepted the position. Governor Robert Bentley oversaw the board of trustees meeting and had only praise for the ASU alumnae.

"This is an outstanding new president of Alabama State and I am so proud of her," he says.

Boyd graduated from Alabama State University, earned a masters in engineering from Yale University, and a doctorate in divinity from Howard University. She's the second alumnus to become president of ASU and the first woman to ever hold the position.

"I hope that it would be because of my credentials and not because of my gender that I have been selected," says Boyd. "I think it is what I bring to the table and not necessarily the package that it's in."

The student body also played a role in Boyd's hiring, with board members saying they took the student preference into account when deciding.

"We put out a survey and the student body voted over 66 percent that they wanted her as the next president," says Student Government Association President Sharrod Campbell.

Senator Quinton Ross, who was one of the final three candidates, says although he did not get the position, he's happy he was even considered.

"Well listen, I enjoy being an Alabama State Senator and so I've always said I will continue serving in the Alabama State legislature."

Ross now says he will seek re election after not being selected as president.

The term and contract for Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd has not yet been determined by the board of trustees.



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