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Byrne to make recommendations on Bishop, Shelton

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — State two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne said he expects to make recommendations on colleges at the center of a federal investigation for the state board of education to consider at its next meeting on June 28.

Byrne would not say Thursday what his recommendations for Bishop State Community College in Mobile and Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa would be.

Byrne's announcement came after months of speculation about whether Bishop President Yvonne Kennedy and Shelton President Rick Rogers would continue in their jobs after federal investigators uncovered financial irregularities at both schools.

The investigations were part of an ongoing probe into the two-year system. The probe already has led to indictments and guilty pleas by some college employees and a former state legislator.

He also pledged more support for the colleges from the central office.

As a step toward that goal, Byrne announced new appointments to fill several job vacancies in the central office.

The appointments include current finance department employee Bob Lockwood as director of information technologies and current Enterprise-Ozark Junior College employee Matthew Hughes, who will become the system's first director of workforce development July 23.

Byrne also appointed John Green, who will become system facilities director to help advise colleges on facilities construction and other projects director beginning in July. Now an Auburn University building science faculty member, Green is a former project manager at Brasfield and Gorrie construction in Birmingham.

Internal audit division

The chancellor said he also plans to establish a system internal audit division that he believes will help advise colleges about handling finances and detect any financial problems that need correcting and hire a human resources director, an associate system attorney, a director of career and technical education, a director of academic affairs and a communications director.

Byrne said he believes all the positions will help give support to the system colleges.

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