Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Jackson Reinstated as Texas Southern Chair

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Jackson Reinstated as Texas Southern Chair

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HOUSTON - A court-approved settlement reinstated Texas Southern University regent Willard Jackson as college chairman, though he is not allowed to make any major decisions until the board reconvenes this fall.

The settlement. reached late last month after a hearing in state District Court, temporarily resolves an incident that began when the TSt board ousted Jackson during a closeddoor meeting on July 10. Three regents - including Gene Moore, who was named as the new chairman - voted against Jackson: two voted to retain him, Jackson and two other regents were absent.

Jackson claimed that the Texas open meetings law svi was violated hecause the election was not publicly posted prior to the meeting. He sued TSU and the board.

Dedra Willburn, a Texas assistant attorney general representing TSU, told the judge, Katie Kennedy that she didn't understand why Jackson sued because the chairman's main duty is to schedule board meetings. …

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