Thursday, October 19, 2023

Daniel K. Wims, president of Alabama A&M, seeks payback against Donald Watkins for series of hard-hitting stories about mounting scandals on his watch

Daniel Wims (left) and U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)

Daniel K. Wims, president of Alabama A&M University, is seeking retribution for a series of stinging investigative articles at about scandals that have plagued A&M on Wims' watch. Watkins, a longtime Alabama attorney and prominent online journalist, is aware of Wims' attempts to silence him and vows that they will not work.

Under the headline "Alabama A&M’s Daniel K. Wims Begs Corporate Ally for Help in Attacking Watkins," Watkins writes:

In a throwback to the Richard Nixon “Watergate” era of "dirty tricks" operations and coverups, Alabama A&M’s Daniel K. Wims reached out to one of the university’s allies (via an intermediary) and begged for help in attacking and destroying me. This outreach was immediately and flatly rejected.

Dr. Wims is on the hot seat for the problems reported in my article on Wednesday (10/18/23). As of today, 37,977 readers have viewed my series of investigative articles on Daniel K. Wims and Alabama A&M. This number of readers suggest there is significant public interest in the subjects covered by the articles.

What exactly did Wims ask this ally to do? Watkins writes:

Dr. Wims’ wanted this ally to unleash its operatives in a campaign to attack, discredit, and destroy me, a move I had been warned about from sources inside the university.

Dr. Wims has no interest in solving the problems I identified in my articles because he created them. The only real solution to these problems is for Dr. Wims to resign, effective immediately.

Instead, Dr. Wims is focused solely on shutting down my investigative reporting. This will not happen!

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