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Cullman lawmaker to leave House post, head Bevill State

MONTGOMERY (AP) — State Rep. Neal Morrison, D-Cullman, has been named interim president of Bevill State Community College in Sumiton and will give up his House seat, Chancellor Bradley Byrne announced Wednesday.

Morrison, 42, will take over the post that Bevill State President Harold Wade is leaving with his retirement effective Friday. Morrison will hold the interim post while a search is conducted for a permanent president, a position Morrison indicated he will seek.

Morrison said he would resign from the Legislature in order to devote his full attention to the Bevill State job.

“I will be resigning from that position as of midnight Friday night,” Morrison said in the statement released by Byrne’s office.

“That’s my personal choice. I need to be focused 100 percent on the job. I owe that to Bevill State and the community it serves.”

Morrison has been assistant to the president for work force development at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, where he has served in various posts for 17 years.

The state school board recently approved new policies sought by Byrne that bar two-year college system employees from serving simultaneously in the Legislature beginning in 2010 and restrict the way they can take leave to serve in the House and Senate now.

Morrison said his decision to leave the legislature, where he has served for 13 years, was difficult.

“However, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’ve prayed about,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have a leader of Neal’s vision and capabilities stepping into this position,” Byrne said.

“I appreciate his decision to devote all of his energies to this new leadership position.”

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