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Franks placed on leave

Published 3:16pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

Central Alabama Community College President Stephen Franks has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Alabama Department of Post Secondary Education.

Susan Burrow, who formerly served as Hamilton Campus dean and college-wide dean for academic transfer at Bevill State Community College, has been named acting president of CACC effective Tuesday, Feb. 26. Burrow will serve as president until further notice, said Dean Argo, director of government relations and communications for ADPSE.

Argo said that the decision to place Franks on leave came after Mark Heinrich became chancellor of ADPSE.

“When Dr. Heinrich came on board, one of the first things he did was propose a statewide audit – he wanted to do a system-wide assessment of where the two-year college system was today,” Argo said. “One of the things that audit put on his radar was an ongoing effort at CACC to get its financial house in order.”

Argo said that the 26 two-year colleges across the state don’t have common administrative software, and that many colleges like CACC are working toward moving toward a unified software program.

“CACC ran into some snags converting to the Banner (new software) system,” Argo said. “In a review of CACC’s policies and procedures it was determined that the conversion process was not as far along as we had hoped. In an effort to protect Dr. Franks and the college’s integrity, as well as ensure financial stability, it was determined that the best course of action was to remove him from that situation and allow those policies and procedures to be addressed.”

Argo added that the administrative change at CACC is the only such action since Heinrich became chancellor.

Banner was first put in place at CACC July 23, 2012, replacing a system that had been in place for almost 20 years.