A&M trustees question pay, house for ex-president

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A former president of Alabama A&M University, Carl Marbury, makes $150,000 annually and has access to the president's mansion under a contract with the current interim president.

The article appeared in Monday's Huntsville Times.

Board members in April elevated A&M president Beverly Edmond to the interim presidency after Marbury withdrew his candidacy and urged trustees to hire her.

She makes $216,000 annually in the position.

Less than a month later, Edmonds hired Marbury as a "special assistant to the president" at a salary of $12,500 a month without board approval.

The newspaper said Marbury lives near Birmingham in Leeds but has access to the president's mansion when he needs it.

Calls to Marbury's home phone from The Associated Press went unanswered Monday.

Some board members want to know what Marbury does for the money.

They also are wondering why they weren't told about his hiring and why Marbury - who served as president of A&M from 1989 through 1991 - is using the mansion.

The former president, Robert Jennings, was fired by the board on March 31.

Edmond said she did not need board approval to hire a consultant.

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