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Texas A&M Professor Says He Was Demoted for Blowing Whistle on Building Project

A professor at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center sued the university and the A&M system this week, alleging that he had been demoted after questioning the construction of a medical building in which he said some A&M employees held a financial stake, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The professor, Robert Hash, says he was relieved of his position as vice dean of academic affairs and stripped of tenure a few days after he filed an ethics complaint about the building, which he says was constructed at above-market prices. He says that after he appealed the decision, the university restored his tenured status but not his administrative post. The university’s general counsel, Andrew Strong, told the newspaper that Mr. Hash had been demoted because of “personality differences with other administrators.”

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