Leaving UA System Option for Committee Studying UAH Relationships

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A new committee formed by top area elected officials could endorse the University of Alabama in Huntsville severing ties with the parent UA System, two people involved with the committee said Monday.

The committee is yet to hold its first meeting and its objective is to improve relations between UAH and the UA System and its governing board of trustees "in as positive a route as possible," Madison County Commissioner Mike Gillespie said Monday.

But asked directly if the committee would entertain the possibility of breaking away from the UA System, Gillespie said, "Every option is going to be on the table, up to and including that."

Gillespie, along with Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison Mayor Paul Finley, announced on Friday the formation of the committee "to examine alternate ways to improve the relationship between the community and University of Alabama System office."

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