Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UAB Reaches Settlement with Former President Ann Reynolds

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UAB Reaches Settlement with Former President Ann Reynolds

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BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

The University of Alabama System has reached a $475,000 settlement with former UAB president Dr. W. Ann Reynolds, who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the system's board of trustees.

In the settlement, the system and its trustees did not admit wrongdoing in her reluctant departure in 2002 after the board asked her the previous year to retire (see Black Issues, Oct. 25, 2001).

She sued in May 2003, contending she was forced out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham because of her age and gender. Reynolds was 63 at the time (see Black Issues, July 3, 2003).

The settlement, reached Nov. 29 and obtained by The Birmingham News, included a confidentiality agreement that can be broken only with both parties' consent.

"All I'm authorized to say is Dr. Reynolds is very pleased with the settlement," says her attorney, Richard Ogle.

University money was used to pay the settlement, but some of it could be reimbursed by insurance in the future, says Stancil Statues, who represented the system. …

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