Texas Southern University gave $2 million in aid to unqualified students, review finds
Many of the under-qualified students are no longer enrolled at Texas Southern, the summary says. The document caps a tumultuous year at Texas Southern, as officials contended with allegations of bribery and improprieties in its law school's admissions process that were first disclosed last November. Regents first revealed they had learned of alleged improprieties in the schools admission's process in a terse announcement last November. Lane was president of Texas Southern University from 2016 until February 2020, before that serving as an administrator in the Lone Star College System, Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Arlington. Disclosure: Texas Southern University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas Southern University regent who sided with ousted president resigns
HOUSTON – A Texas Southern University regent who sided with ousted President Austin Lane resigned from his position on the school’s Board of Regents Monday, he confirmed to KPRC 2 in an email. By Monday night, Mitchell’s bio was already removed from the TSU Board of Regents webpage. In January, the Board of Regents voted to put Lane would be put on administrative leave with pay during an investigation. A month later, the Board of Regents voted 6-1 to fire Lane. Just 13 hours after the Board of Regents’ controversial vote, TSU officials went into a closed-door mediation with Lane and came to an agreement.
Texas Southern University and ousted president agree to part ways
Texas Southern University in Houston. Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneTexas Southern University has officially parted ways with former President Austin Lane, with regents announcing an agreement Thursday that does not accuse him of wrongdoing. In 2016, Lane was named president of Texas Southern one of the largest historically black universities in the country. Lane has denied the allegations in the notice of termination, and released a lengthy response accusing the board of mismanagement. Disclosure: Texas Southern University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
'Witch hunt’: Fired TSU president talks about board’s decision to terminate his contract
HOUSTON – The former president of Texas Southern University on Thursday talked about the decision of the school’s board to fire him. At Thursday’s news conference, Lane said he has already submitted an eight-page rebuttal to the board’s four-page termination notice that he was given on Tuesday night. He accuses the board of robbing him of his right to a public hearing when he was placed on leave. They didn’t afford us that opportunity,” Lane said. He said he believes the board’s decision may have been motivated by the changes he has made.
Crowd outraged after TSU Board of Regents votes 6-1 to fire President Austin Lane
HOUSTON – There were angry outbursts from the crowd late Tuesday night as the Texas Southern University Board of Regents announced that they voted 6-1 to fire President Austin Lane. “As far as we know, (Lane) has done a great job.”Lane said he plans to fight every allegation against him. Lane failed to appropriately act on or inform the Board about allegations of fraud committed by the former law school official, including evidence of a student payment for admission to the school. It also found that Dr. Lane and his assistant attempted to direct another former law school official to misrepresent a report to a national law school accreditation review board. Lane told KPRC 2 he was “caught off guard,” by the decision and hadn’t heard from anyone on the board at the time.
TSU Board of Regents says president’s suspension linked to ‘improprieties in admissions process’
HOUSTON – Texas Southern University Board of Regents addressed why they made the decision to place the school’s president on paid administrative leave. In November, a TSU employee was fired over admissions issues. Lane told KPRC 2 he was caught off guard when he first heard of the news. The board replaced Lane with Kenneth Huewitt as acting president. We thank the TSU community for its patience while we balance the competing interests of respect for ongoing internal investigations and external criminal investigations with the desire to provide additional context for our recent Board action.
TSU Board of Regents under fire from students, alums for action against school’s president without explanation
HOUSTON – The Texas Southern University Board of Regents remained silent Monday following their surprise announcement Friday evening that current president, Dr. Austin Lane, had been placed on paid administrative leave. The board and the university offered no explanation for the move and have refused to answer questions in the aftermath, drawing criticism and concern from current and former students. On Monday, students who returned to class for the first time after winter break said they wanted to know more. This man has done nothing wrong,” Odum said. Who does the board of regents answer to?
‘Caught off guard': Texas Southern University president speaks after being put on administrative leave
HOUSTON – The Texas Southern University Board of Regents put President Dr. Austin Lane on administrative leave indefinitely Friday, pending an investigation by the audit committee. Lane told KPRC 2 he was “caught off guard" by the news as he hadn’t been informed by the board that he was being put on leave. “I haven’t don’t anything and haven’t been informed of being placed on administrative leave by the board on their 5-4 vote split down the middle,” Lane told KPRC 2. In the statement, they did not explain why they moved to put Lane on administrative leave. Lane, who is the twelfth president of the university, started his tenure as president in 2016.