BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A state legislator wants to expand the University of Alabama's board of trustees to allow more input from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The proposal by state Rep. Jack Williams comes as UAB supporters are worried that the current board will kill the football program at UAB.

Williams wants to expand the board from 17 members to 27, including mayors of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville, home of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Williams' proposal would also include representatives of the county commissions in Tuscaloosa, Jefferson and Madison counties.

A change would require a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

Williams discussed the plan during a news conference Tuesday. UAB is currently conducting a study on the benefits of programs including the football team.