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Provost at Saint Augustine’s U. Is Placed on Leave

The provost at Saint Augustine’s University has been placed on paid leave pending the results of an internal investigation at the North Carolina institution, the News & Observer reported.

The newspaper said Dianne Boardley Suber, the historically black institution’s president, had placed the provost, B. Connie Allen, on leave. Ms. Allen said she didn’t know the details of the inquiry.

The personnel move is the latest sign of turmoil at the university, which Ms. Suber has said faces serious financial troubles. Last month Saint Augustine’s said it planned to furlough employees during its spring break. The furloughs were called off days later, but Ms. Suber said at the time that significant financial challenges remained. The university’s administration has also seen a string of departures in recent months, according to the newspaper.

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