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One of the most diverse universities in the nation; Texas Southern University is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents. In addition, a student regent is appointed annually to the Board.

Texas Southern University Board of Regents Special Announcement – 1/17/20

On behalf of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, we want to provide our community with an update about our recent decision to place TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane on paid administrative leave.  We are sharing this information while remaining mindful and respectful of the ongoing investigatory process and for all of the parties involved. 

On January 10, 2020, the Board of Regents met with the Chief Internal Auditor, independent counsel, and third-party investigators for approximately seven hours. The Audit Committee made a public recommendation to the full Board, and consistent with the Audit Committee’s recommendation, in a seven to one vote (one abstention), the Board of Regents placed Dr. Lane on paid administrative leave. 

In October of 2019, members of the Board of Regents informed Dr. Lane that members of the Board, the Chief Internal Auditor and external Board Counsel had been in contact with local law enforcement given the confirmation of the improprieties in the admissions process. One University employee involved in the admissions process had already been terminated.

The Chief Internal Auditor, in collaboration with a third-party investigator, Special Board Employment Counsel, and/or external Board Counsel interviewed the executive management – including Dr. Lane – and others at our University. On two separate, subsequent occasions Dr. Lane was invited to meet with the Board of Regents at two Special Called meetings. Dr. Lane was then interviewed a second time by the Chief Internal Auditor and Special Board Employment Counsel.

On January 10, 2020, the Board placed Dr. Lane on paid administrative leave, and named Kenneth Huewitt acting President. As the investigation continues, we urge everyone in our TSU community to comply with University policies and internal audit and litigation risk management protocols; and we will continue to cooperate with the independent investigations by law enforcement. As we said in November, the University's academic integrity, trust of students, faculty, alumni and the public at large are of utmost importance.

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. The Board is dedicated to ensuring all activities at the University are conducted in an ethical and balanced manner in accordance with the University's mission, vision, and values.

Texas Southern University Board of Regents Special Announcement – 1/12/20

On January 10th 2020, in a seven to one vote (one abstention), members of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents placed Dr. Austin A. Lane on paid administrative leave.

CFO Kenneth Huewitt was named Acting President. The actions took place during a scheduled, public meeting of the TSU Board of Regents in open session.

LINK TO VOTE VIDEO HERE.

Texas Southern University Board of Regents Special Announcement / 1-10-20

The Texas Southern University Board of Regents today placed TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane on administrative leave with pay. The Board has appointed CFO Kenneth Huewitt as the Acting President.

The Board is committed to ensuring all activities at the University are conducted in an ethical and transparent manner in accordance with the University’s mission, vision and values. The University will have no further comment at this time.

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