The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 2nd, 2014
Stephen F. Austin University has reached a settlement with a former
art-galleries director it pushed out after he called a local congressman
a “fear monger,” KTRE reports.
Christian Cutler was forced to resign
after he clashed with Rep. Louis B. (Louie) Gohmert Jr., a Republican
who represents the university’s district in Congress. In 2010, Mr.
Gohmert asked Mr. Cutler to judge a high-school art show. Mr. Cutler
said no and called Mr. Gohmert a “sensationalist” because of his
statements on immigration.
Mr. Cutler sued the university for $90,000 in lost compensation,
accusing administrators of violating his First Amendment rights out of a
desire to stay on Mr. Gohmert’s good side. The settlement, reached last
month, does not disclose an amount of money.