- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The new president of Alabama State University shook up the campus’ senior management Friday in moves that included ending the job of a state legislator.

The changes by President Gwendolyn Boyed included eliminating the position of executive vice president held by state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, who was once one of the most influential members of the Alabama House.

Boyd said all the remaining vice presidents would now report to her under a new organizational chart that reduced the number of vice presidents from nine to five.

“We looked at about 20 universities and looked at the structure, and all of their vice-presidents reported to the president,” she said. “That will help us as we continue on.”

Knight, whose tenure at the historically black school including being the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit over state funding and racial fairness, said he would continue supporting his alma mater.

“It’s in good hands. I think that we will move forward,” said Knight.

A new state law that prevents public employees from holding two state jobs would have prevented Knight from both working at the school and continuing to serve in the Legislature.

Alabama State has been going through changes since a former president alleged inappropriate dealings by some officials at the university, which has about 5,600 students. Boyd took over as president in February.

Gov. Robert Bentley ordered an accounting review of the university and has given the preliminary finding to state and federal prosecutors for review.

The university filed suit claiming the report was intentionally false and part of a plan by Bentley’s office to seize control of the school. A final report on the review could be completed next month.

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