Three months into her first stint as a college president, Alabama State University’s Gwendolyn Boyd was engaged in a heated, intense conversation in her campus office with a university trustee and two attorneys working for the school.
The argument between them centered on a plan by Boyd to reorganize the university’s top administration. To the outside world, which learned of the disagreement when emails between Boyd and trustees were made public, the argument appeared to be about control and protecting or removing some longtime administrators.
But in reality, it had little to do with who was staying or going. After all, three of the biggest names — vice president John Knight, Freddie Gallot and Danielle Kennedy — had long ago announced their retirements and were just looking for a good time to leave.
The disagreement between Boyd and the three men in her office that day was about power.
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