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Board votes to appoint Sen. Quinton Ross new Alabama State University president

(Source: Alabama State University) (Source: Alabama State University)
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The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has voted Senator Quinton Ross as ASU's new president.

Ross will become they university's fifteenth president pending contract negotiations and background check reviews. The board has just received the background check reports for the candidates; one member said they were promised the information two weeks ago.

Ross, a democratic senator from Montgomery, was one of the four finalists to make the cut from a total of 49 applicants. Originally only 12 members voted for Ross, including Gov. Kay Ivey. Two voted against Ross and one member wasn't at the meeting. However, in an effort to create unity, the two members who voted no changed to yes. 

Ross will have to resign from his position in the legislature before accepting this new position due to Alabama's Legislative Double Dipping Prohibition Act. 

As president of the board, Gov. Kay Ivey participated in the vote. She released the following statement:

“Dr. Quinton Ross is a true public servant. He has a heart for Alabama and for Alabama State University. His wealth of experience in higher education and in state government will serve him well as he takes on the mantle of ASU President.

“Alabama State University is a historic institution and is integral to our state’s college and university system. Having received three degrees from ASU, I know my friend Quinton Ross will lead this fine school with distinction and vigor. I look forward to working with him to guide ASU to its brightest days yet.”

Ross released a statement regarding the position Friday evening:

“I would like to thank God, first and foremost, for the huge blessing and opportunity of being selected as the 15th president of Alabama State University. I would like to sincerely thank ASU Board of Trustees Chairwoman Alfreda Warner Green and all of the members of the Board, along with the Presidential Search Committee, for their diligent work and leadership regarding a decision which is vital to the future of ASU. I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve my alma mater, where I look forward to working side-by-side with faculty, staff, alumni and all stakeholders, to provide a world-class education to our beloved students, who are our most precious resource.

“As ASU celebrates its sesquicentennial I realize I have been chosen to lead the university at a unique time in its history. There is much work to do and the path forward may not be easy, but together we can preserve and add to the rich legacy of ASU for another 150 years. Therefore, let us come together as one ASU Family to achieve the greatness which is our heritage and our destiny.” 

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