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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

SU President placed on two months leave

The Southern University Board of Supervisors suspended the system president today for two months while an internal investigation is conducted into sexual harassment allegations against the former board chairman.

Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter was ordered at a special meeting to step down with pay through July 5 and cooperate with the investigation to be conducted by Southern Human Resources Director Lester Pourciau, who also is the university’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission coordinator.

Former Southern Board Chairman Johnny Anderson is accused of alleged sexual harassment of multiple Southern University employees.

Anderson, who also is the governor’s assistant chief of staff, stepped down as board chairman April 21, along with former Vice Chairman Myron Lawson, to avoid any appearance of influencing investigations.

The allegations against Anderson came to light in November after Slaughter sent a letter to state Sen. Charles Jones, D-Monroe, asking for an external investigation because Slaughter argued he did not feel comfortable investigating Anderson, since Slaughter works for the board.

Slaughter has faced criticism for taking the allegations outside of the university.

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