Hill criticized over lobbying

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 13, 2010

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Two-year–college Chancellor Freida Hill says she’s offended by criticism of her lobbying efforts made at a meeting of Alabama’s state school board.

Hill told board members at the meeting on Thursday that she had given a legislative agenda to college presidents and asked them to contact their legislators.

Board member David Byers Jr. of Birmingham responded by saying that was not good enough. Hill said she considered that an insult.

Byers said during the meeting that he is not happy with the system’s lobbying efforts at the Statehouse at a time when there is an education budget crisis.

Hill, who was hired in December, defended her relationship with legislators, saying her office provides lawmakers with timely information.