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2 former St. Aug's leaders reinstated after Suber's firing

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Two university leaders ousted by former Saint Augustine's University President Dianne Boardley Suber have been reinstated, WNCN learned Monday night.

Provost Connie Allen and Vice President Angela Haynes are both back on the job, and were even on campus Monday, just hours after Board of Trustees head Rodney Gaddy announced Suber's ouster.

Allen was placed on paid leave by Suber on March 17. Suber fired Haynes last week.

After Suber's firing Monday, it was announced Ronald Brown, the vice president of strategic initiatives, was being tasked with leading the troubled school as it searches for a new leader.

St. Aug's hopes to name an interim president in a few weeks.

Suber had announced last week that she would retire at the end of the year after 14 years at St. Aug's, but the school cut that short.

In fact, WNCN learned, Suber announced her retirement at the same time the trustees were discussing her firing. They were unable to locate her to tell her the news before she made the announcement. 

Monday's announcements continue the school's efforts to right itself from financial troubles.

Enrollment at St. Aug's has fallen by 27 percent in the past 14 years and Gaddy pointed to recruiting students as a key issue for the school now. He urged the faculty to help in this regard, to show that St. Augustine's is a strong educational institution.

The university blames its $3 million debt on a drop in tuition revenue.

Also last week, the university received a letter from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, who said it was taking a closer look at the financial situation at the school.

SACS has given St. Aug's until mid-April to show it financials for review. SACS the power to either put the school on probation or revoke accreditation, which could lead to the school closing its doors.

In 2002, the school was put on probation by the university's accrediting body because of financial discrepancies.

St. Aug's was founded in 1867, only two years after the end of the Civil War.

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