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President of Texas HBCU Vows to Challenge Firing

The president of a historically Black university in Texas fired this week amid an admissions scandal contends he’s done nothing wrong and will challenge his termination.

Austin Lane, was fired early Wednesday morning by Texas Southern University after a meeting with the school’s board of regents, which concluded that he was involved with “improper payments for admissions” to Texas Southern’s law school, among other violations.

Lane, 48, was placed on leave last month after leading the university since 2016. He offered his side of the story in a series of videos posted Wednesday night to social media.

“You won’t find anything they said in there linked to me,” Lane said in one of the videos, which were posted by a communications professor at the university.

Lane added that he refused a “buyout” that the university was trying to negotiate with him, as he did everything with integrity and honor as university president.

Meanwhile, the board has appointed CFO Kenneth Huewitt as the interim president.

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