Bevill State president plans to retire
SUMITON (AP) — The president of Bevill State Community College, Harold Wade, has announced plans to retire amid a federal investigation of Alabama's two-year college system
Wade, 67, is the latest college president to retire in the wake of the federal investigation and changes to the system being made by new two-year Chancellor Bradley Byrne. Bishop State Community College President Yvonne Kennedy of Mobile and Shelton State Community College President Rick Rogers of Tuscaloosa both announced retirements as state school board members were calling for their termination because of problems at their schools.
Wade, who worked in the system 34 years, notified two-year officials of his plans to retire. Byrne said he had not discussed the issue with Wade before learning of his planned retirement. Wade did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Friday. Byrne said he expects to have an interim president selected by Sept. 1.
Bevill State, based in Sumiton, has surfaced in the investigation of the college system. A government witness who admitted to paying kickbacks for system contracts has said he gave some money to a private college foundation Wade helped run. Wade also helped arrange college contracts for Access Group, the computer software business owned by the witness, Winston Hayes, records show.
Bevill State paid House Majority Leader Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, nearly $50,000 a year at the same time Guin was paid a similar amount by Shelton State Community College. Wade has praised the lawmaker for his support of Bevill, and has said he is satisfied with work reports Guin submitted that were identical to reports the legislator submitted to Shelton State.
Guin resigned from Shelton State, but has continued to work for Bevill State.
Wade became president of Walker State Technical College in 1973, and later became president of Bevill State after it was created by the 1999 merger of Walker State and Brewer State Junior College.
Information from: The Birmingham News
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