CACC president placed on leave
by Emily Adams
Central Alabama Community College President Stephen Franks has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the Alabama Department of Post Secondary Education.

Dean Argo, director of government relations and communications for ADPSE, said Thursday that the decision came as part of a statewide evaluation of the two-year college system.

“For more than a year, Central Alabama Community College, as well as five other Alabama Community College System institutions, has been transitioning to a new common administrative software program that includes a stronger financial accounting package,” Argo said. “Throughout this process, all business office policies, procedures and guidelines have been and are being examined, updated and/or changed to reflect the strongest accountability measures possible. It was evident after numerous discussions with CACC President Stephen Franks that the business office was having difficulty with that transition.

“ACCS Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich felt that in order to protect Dr. Franks and the integrity and financial stability of CACC, the best course of action was to bring in a fresh and objective perspective to oversee the business office review and software implementation. In order to do that, Dr. Franks was placed on paid administrative leave.”

Susan Burrow, the Hamilton Campus dean and collegewide dean for academic transfer at Bevill State Community College, has been named acting president effective Feb. 26 until further notice, Argo said.

CACC public relations representative Brett Pritchard said Thursday that CACC is not prepared to issue a statement on the subject at this time, but will do so in the near future.

Franks was named president in 2007. CACC has campuses in Talladega, Childersburg and Alexander City.

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