Friday, June 9, 2006

Texas Southern University Completes Termination of Its President

Texas Southern University in Houston took the last step to firing its president, Dr. Priscilla Slade, for allegedly charging over $650,000 in personal expenses to the school during her seven-year tenure.  The University's board of regents first voted to terminate her in April, and Dr. Slade requested a hearing that she then did not attend.  At the hearing on June 8, the regents voted unanimously to terminate her, and her attorney stated that she would not appear at a "charade" but instead would pursue a civil suit.  To make matters more complicated for Dr. Slade, her home was searched by investigators from the Harris County prosecutors office, and the Houston Chronicle reports (here) that a grand jury is looking into whether her expenditures violated any state laws.  Although Dr. Slade is no longer TSU's president, this battle promises to be messy for all involved. (ph)

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