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St. Augustine’s ousts president, reinstates 2

RALEIGH (AP) — There has been a shake-up in the leadership of St. Augustine’s University.

Chairman Rodney Gaddy said at a news conference Monday the Board of Trustees had removed university President Dianne Boardley Suber at a board meeting Friday.

Suber, who had led the historically black school for 14 years, announced Friday that she planned to retire at the end of May, an announcement that came as trustees were on a conference call discussing her future. The board voted to fire her during the call but were unable to reach her until Saturday, Gaddy said.

The university also has reinstated two employees recently ousted by Suber. Last week, Suber fired the school’s vice president of business and finance. Last month, she placed the provost on leave.

Two other vice presidents left last year. Acting Executive Director Ronald Brown is helping facilitate decisions until an interim president steps in.

The shift comes amid a review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools due to the school’s financial condition. Full-time equivalent enrollment fell from 1,387 in fall 2012 to 1,267 last fall, when an audit showed a $3 million drop in tuition revenue.

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