Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Holland Takes Step to Help UWA Heal

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Holland Takes Step to Help UWA Heal

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Sometimes doing the right thing is not easy. Sometimes it isn't individually rewarding. We imagine University of West Alabama President Richard Holland understands that well after his call for unity in the UWA community.

Holland received an unfavorable annual evaluation and stated publicly that the results had been tampered with. Admirers flocked to his support on social media.

In March, at a meeting attended by many of Holland's supporters, the university's board of trustees voted not to extend Holland's contract, placed him on paid leave and appointed special investigators to look into whether trustees and staff colluded to prejudice his annual evaluation.

Holland's numerous supporters have been up in arms since. That's not surprising, since the board chose to appoint as one of its investigators Drayton Pruitt, a former trustee who was implicated in the controversial dismissal of a previous president, Ed Roach.

Holland is urging the university community, including his supporters, to move beyond the current controversy. …

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