The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 16th, 2014
A tenured professor who was fired from his job at the College of the
Mainland after years of clashing with the administration has settled a
lawsuit against the Texas institution, the Houston Chronicle reported. Neither side disclosed the terms of the settlement.
The professor, David Michael Smith, had accused the college of
retaliating against him for filing two previous free-speech lawsuits and
helping colleagues challenge the administration’s actions. The college
said he had been dismissed for insubordination and for harassing his peers.
Mr. Smith told the newspaper he was “certain” there would be
additional lawsuits unless the administration was more willing to work
with employees and students. Beth Lewis, the college’s president, said
there was “no merit” to Mr. Smith’s assertion that the administration
did not tolerate dissent.