Alabama A&M trustees hold contentious meeting

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Alabama A&M University's Board of Trustees decided to elect a new president pro-tem next Friday, but not before an hour and a half of heated discussion and an executive session.

The called meeting came to a screeching halt right after rollcall, when some of the trustees had discrepancies on the purpose of the meeting and whether an election of officers should have been on Thursday's agenda.

"If somebody would please tell me, maybe one of the 4 people that wrote in for this particular meeting, because I am really serious about this, I'm tired of the game-playing," said AAMU trustee Emma Jean Melton. "It is time, it is time."

"Let me just be clear, my name is on the list because I felt every trustee needed to be here for this annual meeting," said trustee Odysseus Lanier.

Eleven of the 12 trustees were present, but Gov. Bob Riley wasn't available for the meeting.

The trustees voted during their executive session to move the election to Oct. 30 in Birmingham. Friday's scheduled meeting was canceled.

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