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Monday, May 18, 2009

Bradley Byrne to resign in August



Former Republican state senator and current state two-year college system Chancellor Bradley Byrne has submitted a letter of resignation to the State Board of Education, according to the Associated Press.
Byrne is expected to enter the race for governor soon. In his resignation letter, he wrote that he intends "to take the reform fight to another arena."
Byrne and Gov. Bob Riley, who sought out the then state senator for the chancellorship, have advocated for sweeping changes to the system, which was plagued with corruption. The former chancellor, Roy Johnson, who was found guilty of corruption charges.
They want to end the practice of double dipping, which allows state legislators to also work in the two-year system.
Byrne, who represented Baldwin County in the Senate, informed presidents of the community colleges that his resignation will be effective Aug. 31 or sooner if a replacement is hired earlier.
Byrne resigned from his Senate seat in 2007 to take over the two-year system.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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