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Texas Southern Moves to Revoke Former President's Tenure

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Texas Southern Moves to Revoke Former President's Tenure

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HOUSTON

Texas Southern University last month began the process of revoking the tenure of former president Priscilla Slade so they can relieve her of her teaching duties as an accounting instructor.

In a statement, the university said the process of terminating faculty tenure was "a grave matter' but "is found to be apropos in this incident."

According to the university's faculty manual, "The president may suspend an accused faculty member pending immediate investigation or speedy hearing as hereinafter provided when the continuing presence of the faculty member poses ... an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process."

Under the university's rules, Slade has 30 days to file a grievance with the provost, who would appoint a committee of seven faculty members to consider the case. After holding hearings, the panel would then make a recommendation to the university's president. A final decision could still be many months away.

Slade, meanwhile, will be placed on paid leave. Texas Southern policy states that administrators can return to the classroom at 75 percent of their administrative pay.

Campus officials told The Houston Chronicle that Slade's adjusted salary would be $208,275 a year, making her the highest-paid professor on campus. …

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