MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – Southern Alabama students have the chance to meet the three finalists for the campus president. The position opened earlier this year when Tony Waldrop announced his retirement, launching a nationwide search for a replacement.
âWe need someone who is going to stand up for and enforce things that will benefit us,â said Alexandria Danielle Lee, senior at the University of South Alabama and president of the Black Student Union.
The students hope the future president of South Alabama will have their best interests in mind.
âHelp serve all the students on campus, make sure they get a degree that they came here for,â said Kaya Wilkinson, senior in the United States.
There are three finalists for the President of the University:
â¢ Jo Bonner, who is the current chief of staff to Governor Kay Ivey
â¢ Dr Michael Tidwell, who is the past president of the University of Texas at Tyler
â¢ Dr Damon Andrew, who is currently the Dean and Professor of the College of Education at Florida State University
This week, the university launched a series of forums, giving each candidate the opportunity to speak to students and faculty. Bonner was the first Tuesday, Dr. Andrew was on campus Friday.
âYou will never have to guess my intentions. My modus operandi will be to work tirelessly to ensure that my alma mater performs its mission to the greatest extent possible and for the benefit of the students, âsaid Dr Damon Andrew, one of the presidential candidates of the ‘University of Southern Alabama.
He was there, ready to answer questions.
âThe United States has certainly had a transformational impact on my life, it is the basis of all professional success that I have experienced so far and I want to make sure that every current and future student in the south has at least an experience as good if not better than me. had to South, âsaid Dr. Andrew.
The South has seen its share of controversy this year. In March, controversial photos of three professors at the University of Southern Alabama resurfaced, these three are on administrative leave.
Last month, former female volleyball players from southern Alabama filed a complaint against their former head coach for sexual harassment. The school and other university staff were named in the lawsuit.
Many students have raised questions about their safety on campus. Some students even asked Dr. Andrew
Students we spoke to hopefully the one taking over the university will listen to their concerns and help find a solution.
âI’m hoping for a president who puts himself in the shoes of the students and sees what we think of things going on. And why we think some action needs to be taken, âLee said.
The final forum with Dr. Tidwell will take place on October 26. You can watch the video from the past open forums online.