The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to “immediately” and “permanently” remove longtime President Lou Agnese Jr. on Monday, Aug.
In a definitive move to distance the Board of Trustees from longtime President Lou Agnese Jr. and the disturbing racial remarks he directed at students during a luncheon last week, University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Chairman Charles Lutz confirmed Agnese is on leave in a statement Friday, saying that “recent comments by Dr. Agnese are not consistent with the traditions and values of the University and cannot be condoned.”
The Board now seems headed for a Monday meeting and resolution of its tense standoff with Agnese, who last week defied a Board decision to place him on a 90-day medical leave and told the Express-News in an interview that he was not on medical leave and intended to “sue the pants” off Lutz and the Board unless the press release was retracted and Agnese was allowed to return from a Hawaii vacation to assume his regular duties after some further time off.
As soon as we entered, Itati and I breathed a sigh of relief.
University of Incarnate Word (UIW) is bracing itself for a showdown Monday between its 31-year president, Lou Agnese, and Board Chair Charles Lutz over the chairman’s controversial public statement voicing “considerable concern” for Agnese’s well-being following “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments.”
Apologizing to offended employees and students, the Thursday statement claimed Agnese “has requested medical leave and the university has granted that request for a 90-day period.”
But according to former board member and Agnese’s decades-long friend, Jesus Rangel, Agnese not only “vehemently denies that he acted the way he is being characterized” or the presence of any medical issue.
University of Incarnate Word (UIW) granted a 90-day medical leave request to its 30-year president, Dr. Lou Agnese, after his behavior and comments “provoked considerable concern for his well-being,” according to a statement Thursday released by UIW Board Chair Charles Lutz.
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