- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - UAB President Ray Watts, who has drawn criticism since shutting down the school’s football program, held a closed-door meeting with the Faculty Senate.

UAB spokesman Tyler Greer says Faculty Senate chair Chad Epps convened “an informal meeting” at Watts’ request on Monday. Greer did not say what the topic was but described it as “one of many meetings President Watts is holding with a range of constituents this week and beyond.”

Watts announced on Dec. 2 that he was closing down the football program, citing rising costs. The Faculty Senate has a previously scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

The public and media were not allowed into Monday’s meeting. The Faculty Senate is required to hold open meetings except in executive sessions, which require a two-thirds majority vote of members present.

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