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Chancellor to speak at Calhoun on Monday

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Chancellor Bradley Byrne will make his second visit in less than a month to Calhoun Community College on Monday.

He will speak at staff institute at 9 a.m. in the Health-Sciences Building.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama College System said Byrne's speech will focus on the "general state of the system and its future direction."

A former state senator, Byrne became head of the Alabama College System in May as the system's fourth chancellor in less than a year. He took over an embattled two-year college system that has been through controversies, including the firing of Roy Johnson as chancellor a year ago.

Calhoun President Marilyn Beck will speak to the staff, and the school will honor staff members who are celebrating their 10-, 20- and 30-year anniversaries.

The morning will include introduction of new staff members and updates on various Calhoun programs and projects.

Byrne toured Calhoun in July and heard the college's proposal for a robotics center.

Calhoun and Wallace State Community College in Hanceville are vying for the $30 million to $40 million project that Gov. Bob Riley would like to build.

The chancellor is expected to meet with Decatur community leaders who want to share proposed plans for moving Calhoun's fine arts program to downtown Decatur.

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