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The Education Of Dr. Joespeh Silver: Kicking The Hornet's Nest, Part One

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Jan 18 2013 12:46 PM

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Much has been made of the recent turmoil surrounding the short tenure of Dr. Joseph Silver at Alabama State University.

For weeks, the events leading to Silver’s resignation played out like a Nixonian drama in print, around the blogosphere and on the airwaves.

Rumors abounded as speculation of improper contracts, double-dealings and a family feud was whispered throughout the Capitol City.

While down the road a ways, the President of the University of Alabama resigned without a hint of controversy, yet certainly question could have been raised. The two events are greatly different in the way the media probed them and the way the rumor mill dispatched them. Is this once again the specter of quiet racism that speaks softly but says so much about our present society?

The Governor has called for an forensic audit of ASU, so, it is not known if there is any merit to the accusations of fiduciary improprieties, that will be a matter for another time.

What is worth probing is the history of Dr. Silver and his legacy at other institutions of high learning. If past is prologue, then perhaps Dr. Silver should have never been offered the presidency at ASU in the first place?

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