UAH president encouraged by enrollment numbers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville says application numbers are improving after a sharp drop following a February shooting spree during a staff meeting that left three professors dead.

President David Williams told the Huntsville Times this week that the shootings are part of the university's history, but its future is in the hundreds of new students starting classes this fall.

He would not release specific enrollment figures but said the campus is encouraged by preliminary registration numbers.

Applications dropped about 12 percent after the Feb. 12 shootings. Williams said he is trying to rebuild the biology department, where all three victims worked along with the suspected killer.

Police have charged UAH professor Amy Bishop in the killings. She remains in a Huntsville jail awaiting trial.

Bishop has also been indicted for murder in the 1986 shooting death of her brother, which was initially ruled accidental.

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