Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is defending the release of a preliminary audit report of the Alabama State University trustees, a report that shows improper benefits and conflicts of interests between some board members and some of the university’s financial dealings.
Bentley, criticized by members of the board who accused him of releasing results prior to their review, told media that he wants the board to be accountable for its mismanagement of the university, and for the public to have access to meetings and information on the university’s future direction.
Bentley, who is president of the ASU Board of Trustees because he is governor, has called a meeting for Oct. 28 to discuss the forensic report. He has also insisted on the meeting being open to the public.
“I want the press to be able to be there,” the governor said. “I want the public to be able to be there. We will not go into executive session. I just believe that we need to be totally open and honest and transparent.”