Crowd outraged after TSU Board of Regents votes 6-1 to fire President Austin Lane Tulsi Kamath, Senior Digital News Editor
Jacob Rascon, Anchor/Reporter
Published: February 5, 2020, 8:11 am
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.
Alumni, students and other community members at the meeting were visibly frustrated and in disbelief when the decision was read following the four-hour executive session.
“This is not your university,” one man shouted, “The university belongs to the students...stand up and do what’s right.” Houston City Council member, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz said the problem is that the facts have not been made clear.
“They need to be very candid in what’s going on so that people will know exactly what’s happening here,” Evans-Shabazz said. “As far as we know, (Lane) has done a great job.”
Lane said he plans to fight every allegation against him. He has 30 days to do so.
What are the facts here? It seems like the board and the university has done itself a disservice by not being explicitly clear on what the FULL allegations are. You can't get rid of a popular guy without having your ducks in a row concerning why he is being let go. Be very explicit. Lay out the facts of the matter. And THEN give him the boot if it is warranted.