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President of Saint Augustine’s U. Is Removed Immediately

[Updated (4/8/2014, 6:15 a.m.) with news of the university's reinstatement of two officials.]

Dianne Boardley Suber last week announced her intent to retire at the end of May as president of the historically black institution, which has seen significant turmoil in recent months. But Rodney Gaddy, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, said on Monday that the board felt an immediate change was needed and that Ms. Suber had been fired.

The university also reinstated two officials: Angela Haynes, its vice president for business and finance, who had asserted that she was improperly fired, and its provost, B. Connie Allen, who was placed on leave last month.

Mr. Gaddy said an interim president would be named in a few weeks. Ronald H. Brown, the university’s vice president for strategic initiatives, will lead the university’s day-to-day operations for now.


“The board is excited about the future of St. Aug’s. This is a time of new beginnings and exciting possibilities,” Gaddy said.St. Aug’s, a historically black institution founded in 1867, has been troubled for months, with administrative turnover, staff cuts and an audit last fall that showed a $3 million drop in tuition revenue.

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