Former Official Sues Southern U. Over Termination

Brandon Dumas, a former vice chancellor at Southern University at Baton Rouge, has sued the Louisiana institution weeks after he was fired, The Advocate reports.

Last month Mr. Dumas, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, was told by Ray L. Belton, Southern’s president and chancellor, that he would be dismissed, effective on August 10. Mr. Belton did not say why Mr. Dumas would be fired, but The Advocate reports he was put on administrative leave a few days after the university said it would investigate a sex tape allegedly involving an unnamed student and an unspecified employee.

Mr. Dumas later appealed his termination to the university’s Board of Supervisors, which considered it in executive session. The board upheld Mr. Dumas’s dismissal.

But Mr. Belton’s move to fire Mr. Dumas was not directly voted on by the board, Mr. Dumas asserts, and to be dismissed the board had to take an affirmative vote endorsing that decision.

Mr. Dumas also states that in April, months before he was terminated, Mr. Belton wrote a letter endorsing his application to be president of Paine College, in Georgia.

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