Univ. of West Alabama places president on leave

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LIVINGSTON, Ala. (AP) — Trustees at the University of West Alabama have voted not to extend President Richard Holland's contract -- and placed him on paid leave -- while his claims that enemies tampered with his performance evaluation are investigated.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1fEsxPJ) that an independent consultant will look into the allegations after Monday's decision by the board of trustees.

Holland's contract is scheduled to end on Oct. 1 and he has expressed a desire to stay on as president until 2016.

Holland released a 19-page report before Monday's meeting, saying he wants an investigation into whether trustees and administrators hand-picked respondents to give negative feedback during a consultant's recent evaluation of his work as president.

Holland said he plans to continue teaching as a tenured professor of biology.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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