Court Rules for Md. College in Race Discrimination Suit
Freedman, Eric, Black Issues in Higher Education
ARNOLD, Md. -- A former vice president of Anne Arundel Community College has lost another round in her race discrimination suit against the school's board of trustees and president.
The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., unanimously upheld a verdict against Dr. Augustine Pounds, who lost her job at the college in late 1995.
At the trial, a federal jury in Baltimore concluded that Pounds was qualified for the job but found that her job performance was unsatisfactory when the college terminated her.
Pounds' lawyer, Andrew Radding, did not return phone calls, and where the case will go from here is unclear.
Two of the elements that make the case unusual are Pounds' high-ranking administrative position at a public institution and the fact that the case made it to trial rather than being dismissed, as job discrimination cases often are, according to the college's lawyer, Russell Gardner of Baltimore.
In 1991, Pounds was hired by then-president Dr. Thomas Florestano to serve as vice president and dean for student services, college development and intercollegiate athletics.
In the summer of 1994, Dr. Martha Smith became president. Tensions arose between the two after Smith terminated the admissions director on Pounds' recommendation. …