Monday, March 30, 2009
Southern outs president despite positive review
The Southern University System Board of Supervisors decided not renew or extend the contract of the System's President Ralph Slaughter last week by a vote of 11-5. His employment will “cease” when his contract ends on June 30.
The board will meet again April 15 to decide whether to place Slaughter on administrative leave with pay and appoint an interim.
The board voted to remove Slaughter just minutes after he was given a job evaluation “in the category of satisfactory to excellent,” said Board Chairman Tony Clayton, who was one of the 11 voting against Slaughter.
“This had nothing to do with the president’s evaluation,” said Clayton. “Just like the president of our own country, sometimes it’s time for a change.
“We will be looking for a president — a fundraiser — who’s nationally prominent, who can move us forward,” he said.
Clayton also said the decision had nothing to do with Slaughter’s 2007 lawsuit against the board that resulted in his current two-year contract that doubled his salary to $420,000 a year.
Slaughter is considering his legal options.
Just last year, the Southern board threatened to terminate SU Baton Rouge Chancellor Kofi Lomotey.