Alford’s trial delayed

A preliminary hearing for Dr. James Alford, the former President/CEO of the NKU Foundation has been delayed for a second time.

Alford’s lawyer, Dean Pisacano, asked for the extension on Feb. 13 since a police officer involved with the case was out of town.

Campbell District Court Judge Gregory Popovich granted an extension until March 13.

Alford, 52, is facing charges of marijuana trafficking.

He was arrested Dec. 19 after police found over eight ounces of marijuana, baggies, scales and a .38-caliber revolver in his home during a search.

As President and CEO of the NKU Foundation Alford was responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Foundation, which collects and invests private contributions to the University.

Following his arrest he was suspended indefinitely from his duties and subsequently resigned.

In the wake of the arrest the Foundation authorized an independent accounting firm to conduct comprehensive audit to make sure all its assets had been managed well.

Henry “Bud” Pouge IV, the Foundation’s Vice President, is now serving as President.

A search committee is currently compiling names and contacting potential candidates to permanently fill the President’s position.

Pouge has said an announcement about Alford’s replacement could be made by May 22 at the Foundation’s Board of Directors meeting.