In this Dec. 20, 2013 photo, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd is offered the presidency of Alabama State University by the Board of Trustees at the ASU campus in Montgomery, Ala.
is one of several women who are shattering the glass ceiling in the Montgomery area.
It seems that the honeymoon of Alabama State University's newly elected President Gwendolyn Boyd and the school's board of trustees is over.
The board unanimously voted Dec. 20 to select Boyd, an ASU alum and a former Delta Sigma Theta national president, to be the next-and first female-president in the university's 146-year history.
However, a series of letters obtained and recently published by The Montgomery Advertiser show that the love between the new president and some trustees may have diminished.
The back-and-forth letters emerged after Boyd
presented a new organizational chart at a trustee committee meeting on April 25-and then almost immediately released the information to the media.
Dean further said that Boyd
seemed not to understand the role of the board and that it had the statutory authority to approve the final organizational structure.
In a response dated April 28, Boyd
"It is with shock and dismay that I read your stated correspondence, which does not reflect accurately the events which transpired or the cordial relationship that I thought I had with the members of the board of trustees," Boyd
"In my opinion, your assessment of me is unfair and inaccurate."
has always been conscientious in responding to board members' visits, phone calls or texts.
also recounts an April 11 meeting with Dean during which he
reviewed the draft of the organizational chart-an action Dean denies-and told her
to "just give it" to other board members at an upcoming meeting.
Boyd also references an April 24 meeting in her office with Trustee Marvin Wiggins, ASU general counsel Kenny Thomas and attorney Donald Watkins.
The meeting, Boyd
said, was held to discuss forming a relationship with the FBI
, a follow-up to a previous meeting in which someone tried to convince Boyd
to provide statements from the sister of former ASU employee Jacqueline Weatherly.
indicated that she
chose not to speak with the FBI
since the case had already been adjudicated and she
felt it was not in the university's best interest to dredge up more "negative press.
"Yes, I did stand my ground with (Wiggins)," Boyd
According to the Advertiser, Dean recently said the issues between trustees and Boyd
had been worked out in private.
A spokesman with Boyd's office told the AFRO that "rather than comment on the situation you reference, President Boyd is focusing on her role as the leader of our University and her desire to enhance the already good progress that we are making in the lives and education of our greatest asset, which is our students."
is also busy working on the proposed implementation of her
campus-wide reorganization plan that comes up for discussion at a Board of Trustees meeting on May 23," he