Alabama board sticks by doctorate for chancellor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The State Board of Education is sticking by its requirement for the next chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system to have an earned doctorate from an accredited college or university.

The board enacted that requirement June 25. Gov. Bob Riley told the board Tuesday that the requirement could eliminate some good candidates. He urged the board to say a doctorate is preferred but not required.

The board split 4-4 on Riley's requested change. The tie vote means a doctorate is still required.

The board is looking for a replacement for Bradley Byrne, who had a law degree but no doctorate. Riley told the board that he does not have a candidate in mind to replace Byrne, who resigned to run for governor.

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