- Alabama State University filed a report with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits the school, to defend its finances after the state's governor's office alleged possible mismanagement and fraud.
- The school made the report public on Thursday, and its accounting firm, Warren Averett Wilson Price, disputed the governor's office's findings.
- The report comes ahead of a Friday trustees meeting where new presidential candidates for the Alabama State will be interviewed.
Alabama State had previously defied a request from the governor's office to delay its search for a new president, thanks to findings in an audit that saw conflicts of interest filling friends' and family members' pockets with as much as $2.5 million via contracts. The search is proceeding, however, and Alabama State's trustees may make a selection after their their interviews Friday.