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South Alabama’s new president is the chief of staff for Governor Kay Ivey’s office and former Republican congressman Jo Bonner, the University Board of Trustees announced on Wednesday. Bonner was elected as South Alabama president during a public Nov. 10 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting which took place at noon.
By 12:07 p.m., the board announced their decision.
“We’ve had a significant amount of conversation and we have come to a conclusion… with a majority in favor of one particular candidate. With that said, I’m going to make the nomination that we elect Jo Bonner…” BOT Chairman James Shumock announced.
A vote took place after the decision was announced meaning board members had a chance to make a final vote. In a 14-2 vote, the only two “no” votes came from African American members Chandra Brown Stewart and Margie Tuckson.
Students, faculty and staff will “have an opportunity to meet Mr. Bonner when he is formally introduced and welcomed at the next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees Dec. 2,”an email sent by the Board of Trustees after the meeting reads.