Gov. Bentley's appointees to Alabama State board take seats; ousted trustee says he will fight


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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Gov. Robert Bentley's new appointees to the Alabama State University board of trustees have been sworn in, replacing members the governor asked to resign or removed.

Meanwhile, ousted trustee Marvin Wiggins said he will fight his removal.

Bentley last month asked board chairman Elton Dean and vice chairman Wiggins to resign over conflicts of interests. Dean resigned voluntarily. Wiggins refused and Bentley removed him from office.

Bentley's new appointees, Pam Ware and Ralph Ruggs, were sworn in Friday. Their appointments will have to be confirmed by the Alabama Senate.

The revamped board elected trustee Larry Thornton as the new chairman.

Bentley said after Friday's meeting that he hoped this would be a turning point for the university.

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