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Louisiana College president asked to resign comment (0)

April 3, 2014

PINEVILLE, La. — Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard has lost trustee support and been asked to resign, according to a story quoting multiple sources published March 26 in The Town Talk newspaper.

Aguillard, 57, president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention-affiliated school in Pineville, La., since 2005, reportedly said in a meeting March 26 that he has no plans to step down.

Less than a month ago the newspaper said trustees were working to extend Aguillard’s contract after a press release declared the president “fully exonerated” of allegations that prompted a trustee investigation in 2013. The tide began to turn, however, after confidential documents exchanged internally prior to a 17–13 vote by college trustees to retain Aguillard as president in April 2013 were leaked to the public.

The Town Talk obtained documents alleging, among other things, that Aguillard misappropriated designated funds, lied to trustees and donors and violated the school’s whistleblower policy.

Since then a former vice president sued for wrongful termination, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced plans to reinvestigate the school’s accreditation and students and alumni gathered for a campus protest.

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