The President of Alabama State University announced he's going to resign. The shocking announcement came during an A.S.U. Board meeting. WSFA 12 News was the only T-V station there.
Several people said they had heard rumors that this announcement was coming but they said they were surprised it happened Friday. When it was time for Lee to give his president's report to the board members it was typical but at the end came the shocker. He said he would be resigning effective May 31st.
Board members had been critical of his presidency for more than a year now. Trustee Joe Reed even wrote an open letter to the Montgomery Advertiser complaining about Lee, but Lee didn't want to talk about that. He did say "Sometimes it's time to move on. Another president can pick it up and put it on cruise control. Do you want to tell me why you decided to resign now? Eileen, do I have to tell you that? Why did you wear black and gray today? But this is big. This is a major decision? It is a major decision. It's one I've been thinking about and so I've done it. That's it. Did all of the past stuff have anything to do with it? I have no comment on that Eileen. I have made a decision that I'm going to give somebody else a chance to be president of this great institution and it's a great place. It is a great place."
President Lee didn't say what his plans are after May 31st. He's been at A.S.U. for the past seven years.