Single, but not allowed to mingle: University president’s contract restricts love life

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A state university in Alabama is raising eyebrows with an unusual -- and perhaps even first-of-its-kind -- provision the school’s board of trustees included in the new university president's contract.

The Birmingham News reports that buried amidst the legalese in Gwendolyn Boyd’s contract to run Alabama State University is a caveat she not only must live in the president’s on-campus residence for purposes of embodying school spirit -- but refrain from sharing that home with a love-interest so long as she remains a single woman.

“For so long as Dr. Boyd is President and a single person, she shall not be allowed to cohabitate in the President’s residence with any person with whom she has a romantic relation,” the contract reportedly states.

Boyd – an Alabama State University alumna and Yale-educated engineer – signed the contract with the Montgomery-based institution on Jan. 2 and will begin working there on Feb. 1, according to the Birmingham News. She will be paid $300,000 a year, not including cost-of-living increases and bonuses to be determined by the board.

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