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Suspended Alabama State University President Joseph Silver, left, talks with his attorney Robert Ward prior to a meeting of the ASU Board of Trustees in Montgomery, Ala., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Silver was suspended by the board last Monday. Silver contends he was suspended after raising questions about financial matters at the school, including concerns about undisclosed contracts. The trustees postponed a decision Friday on the fate of Silver because his mother died Thursday night. The trustees and Gov. Robert Bentley, who heads the board, did agree Friday morning on conducting an independent audit of the school's financial matters, such as contracts.