Reed sues ASU president in quest to return name to Acadome

Crews pull down Joe L. Reed's name from the ASU Acadome (May 2008)
Crews pull down Joe L. Reed's name from the ASU Acadome (May 2008)

(Clarification: - Updated to show that only ASU President Dr. William Harris is being sued, not ASU itself.)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State University President Dr. William Harris is being sued by a former member of that university's board of trustees.

Joe L. Reed, who for the last two years has fought to return his name to the ASU Acadome after the board voted to pull it down, filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court to force the reinstatement of his name.

The lawsuit targets only Williams, stating that as the head of the university it is his responsibility to carry out the Legislature's order to restore Reed's name.

Reed is using a recently passed resolution by the Alabama State Legislature (resolution 2010-28) as the basis for his fight. The resolution was automatically passed into law after Governor Bob Riley did not sign the measure.

The resolution stated, in part, that the Acadome "is named the Joe L. Reed Acadome. Alabama State University officials are instructed to take appropriate action to implement this resolution..."

ASU, which stripped Reed's name off the building within hours of its vote back in May of 2008, now officially calls the building the Dunn-Oliver Acadome, named after two former basketball coaches.

The Board said at the time that it made the move after Reed tarnished the University's name. Reed remains steadfast in his belief that the move was in retaliation for his suing to challenge the outgoing president's severance pay.

Reed's suit says as a legislatively-chartered institution, ASU is required to abide by the legislature's directive.

WSFA 12 News attempted to contact ASU for a statement. We are awaiting their response.

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