- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A food services company has sent a letter to the trustees of Alabama State University accusing the university’s new president of threatening to cancel the company’s contract after it wouldn’t commit to provide $20,000 in services for her inaugural.

Gourmet Services Chairman Nathanial Goldston wrote a letter Sunday asking the board to investigate what he called “an unethical request” on the part of President Gwendolyn Boyd and her administration. He said the company got a letter saying its food service contract might be canceled after a company official wouldn’t agree to provide $20,000 in food and catering for inaugural festivities.

Faculty Senate President Charlie Hardy says he was in a meeting where the company offered $13,000 to $15,000 in services and a university official mentioned $20,000 almost in jest.

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