Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UAB President Claims She Was Forced out Because of Gender, Age

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UAB President Claims She Was Forced out Because of Gender, Age

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BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

Dr. Ann Reynolds claims in a federal discrimination complaint that she was forced out of the University of Alabama in Birmingham presidency because of her gender and age.

She also claims she never received a serious retirement offer. A board of trustees spokeswoman has disputed claims of discrimination.

Reynolds, 64, will be succeeded June 1 by UA System Chancellor Malcolm Porters, who will serve as interim UAB president.

Reynolds' lawyers issued a statement last month on a complaint filed March 12 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against university trustees.

"Her charge of discrimination was filed reluctantly, only after months of effort by her and her attomeys to resolve the matter amicably with the board of trustees.

Unfortunately, the board refused to enter into serious discussions," said the statement from Reynolds' lawyers John D. Saxon and Richard F. Ogle.

The EEOC complaint, which is required before filing a lawsuit, charges that the university did not offer Reynolds the same benefits awarded to former presidents.

Reynolds also states then-- chancellor Dr. …

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