Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Physics Professor Settles Lawsuit with Prairie View A&M President. (Noteworthy News: The Latest News from across the Country)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Physics Professor Settles Lawsuit with Prairie View A&M President. (Noteworthy News: The Latest News from across the Country)

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HOUSTON

A Prairie View A&M University physics professor settled the lawsuit he filed claiming Dr. Charles Hines, the school's president, set out to ruin his career after the physicist criticized Hines, the professor's attorney said last month.

Attorney Gaines West said the settlement agreement is confidential, but that physics professor Dr. Dennis Judd "is satisfied with the results." West said the lawsuit against Hines, Prairie View A&M and the A&M system was settled through mediation.

Judd, a tenured professor at the historically Black school, sued in federal court in Austin in December. He alleged Hines retaliated against him for criticizing Hines' treatment of grant programs.

Judd said Hines effectively eliminated his work by canceling a U.S. Department of Energy research grant for $673,000 when Hines accused him of staffing violations and misusing funds (see Black Issues, Sept. 13, 2001).

Judd said in the lawsuit that when Hines couldn't prove his allegations, he failed to renew the grant in a timely fashion. An internal review instituted by Hines found no misuse of federal funds or noncompliance with grant policies in Judd's program.

Hines said in November he would support continued Energy Department grant funding, however, the delays already had eliminated the grant from the federal budget. …

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