Lawmakers seek to investigate leadership changes at Bishop State

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Mobile region lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the state’s constant leadership changes at Bishop State Community College, including the firing of the school’s last acting president.

The 10 lawmakers, including Democrats and Republicans, sent a letter Monday to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who serves as chairman of the Alabama Community College system’s board of trustees, asking for an investigation. The historically black community college has had five acting or permanent leaders since 2015, they said.

“There is an obvious problem behind the constant changes in leadership. therefore, we strongly urge an investigation into the changes,” they wrote.

Lawmakers have expressed concern over the recent firing of interim President Lawrence Brandyburg. They said the school had a number of successes under Brandyburg, including the opening of a manufacturing center and an agreement with Airbus to train aircraft assemblers.

“We are very concerned about micromanagement and leadership changes that will hamper community efforts to restore trust in Bishop State. This community supported efforts to rebuild the integrity and foundation of Bishop State Community College. It is therefore disturbing to witness the recent barrage of leaders who have been at the helm of this historically black community college,” they wrote.

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker on Friday named Charles Jones as interim president of the community college. A new presidential search is currently underway.

News organizations report that some of the lawmakers also held a press conference outside the school on Monday. They asked Baker and the system’s board to provide information.

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