Dr. Judy Bonner on Jo Bonner's New Job

Dr. Judy Bonner on Jo Bonner's New Job

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DAPHNE, Alabama -

A brief gesture of affection between a brother and sister during a visit to Bayside Academy Friday. In November, Dr. Judy Bonner became The University of Alabama's first woman Chief Executive.

7 months later, then Congressman Jo Bonner shocked constituents when he announced he would be retiring from Congress. He resigned to become Vice Chancellor of Economic Development and Government Relations with The University of Alabama System, a move that would double his salary.

Referring to Jo Bonner during her first sit down interview since becoming University President, Dr. Bonner told WKRG News 5, "I am enormously proud of what he'll be able to do for our state because of the experiences that he had for the last 28 years". However, the very popular and well liked Jo Bonner has come under fire with critics suspecting his family connection to The University of Alabama earned him the 350 thousand dollar a year job.

When News 5 asked Dr. Bonner if she had any input in landing baby brother the plum position, she quickly responded, "Absolutely not. This really is not nepotism. Jo was recruited by and offered a position by Dr. Bob Witt who is Chancellor of the University of Alabama system. That is separate from the University of Alabama Campus where I reside as president. I actually report to Dr. Witt in my role as president as Jo does as his role in his role as Vice chancellor, but Jo does not work for me.

When asked if she was consulted about the hiring, Dr. Bonner said, "No, I really was not consulted. I found out about it after Jo and Chancellor Witt were talking".

During his retirement announcement, Congressman Bonner made it clear he was not looking for another job, that Dr. Witt reached out to him.

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