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Byrne: Kennedy writing history, not advising successor

By M.J. Ellington · (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — The outgoing president of a two-year college in Mobile will not be on the state’s payroll as an adviser to the person replacing her, Chancellor Bradley Byrne said Tuesday.

In some recent news reports, an attorney for outgoing Bishop State Community College President Yvonne Kennedy said Kennedy would act as an advisor to incoming interim President James Lowe after Kennedy retires from the Mobile-area college July 31.

“Let me reassure the (state school) board that, in spite of rumors going around, Dr. Kennedy will not be in any advisory role at the college,” Byrne said.

He said he agreed to allow Kennedy use of an office on campus and some “minor” clerical assistance when she submitted her resignation.

The agreement allows Kennedy to finish writing a history of the college, something Byrne said could be of value to the school.

It does not include advising Lowe or the transition team already working at the college, Byrne said.

The college is part of an ongoing investigation into financial aid fraud and other financial wrongdoing that already has led to the indictments of 27 people at Bishop.

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