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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Ex-SU president must repay foundation funds

  • A state judge has ruled that former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter must repay $275,000 to the school's private fundraising arm.


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  • A state judge has ruled that former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter must repay $275,000 to the school's private fundraising arm.
    The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/OCsk7R ) the amount includes a $200,000 salary supplement from the private Southern University System Foundation that Slaughter received in March 2009, the day the public Southern Board of Supervisors voted for Slaughter to vacate his job when his two-year contract expired at the end of June 2009.
    The other $75,000 is foundation money that Slaughter used — among other things — to pay one of his attorneys, Jill Craft, after he sued Southern over his dismissal.
    Foundation attorney Preston Castille argued Tuesday that the payments to Slaughter of $200,000 and $75,000 were "prohibited transactions," and state District Judge Tim Kelley agreed.
    The judge said Slaughter, as a member of the foundation, breached his fiduciary duty to the foundation.
    John McLindon, who represents Slaughter in the case, said he will ask the state 1st Circuit of Appeal in Baton Rouge to review Kelley's ruling.
    The foundation sued Slaughter in late 2009, seeking about $500,000 from him. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 13. At Tuesday's hearing, the foundation only asked Kelley to rule on $275,000 of that total.
    The foundation's suit claims Slaughter received $400,000 in salary supplements without foundation board approval, although the payments were authorized by the university's Board of Supervisors as the result of a 2007 settlement of a Slaughter lawsuit against Southern.
    Slaughter said after the hearing that the supplemental salary paid from the foundation was agreed to in writing at the time of the settlement of his 2007 suit.
    Slaughter is suing in state and federal courts for retaliation and wrongful termination by the Southern board. He contends his decision in 2007 to report allegations of sexual harassment against former board Chairman Johnny Anderson began the demise of his career.

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