SFA has reached a settlement with a former educator at the university who claimed she was passed over for a deanship because of her gender.
The settlement was announced this week in a federal court filing in the Eastern District of Texas Lufkin Division. Terms were not disclosed.
Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin, former interim dean of the Rusche College of Business, filed the suit in November, claiming she was not hired to the post permanently because she is a woman. SFA has said she was not hired because she was “abrasive, impatient, demanding, manipulative, not collaborative or cooperative” and had exhibited “inappropriate and unprofessional” behavior, according to court filings.
Franklin said she was the only woman in a field of four finalists for the deanship. But rather than hiring any of the finalists, Franklin was replaced by Dr. Steven Bullard, who led the search committee that did not select her. A second search yielded another woman as a finalist, but she was also not hired.
SFA instead hired Dr. Timothy Bisping, who remains the dean of SFA’s college of business.
The case was scheduled for trial on June 24, and is the second recent settlement by the university.
In May, SFA reached a settlement with a former football player who accused the university of misdeeds in investigating a sexual assault allegation against him. Terms of that settlement also have not been released, and the initial suit sought an unspecified award of more than $75,000.
The football player accused SFA of botching an investigation into a 2016 incident for which he was suspended but did not face criminal charges. In December 2016, he and a member of the SFA dance team were alone in his room after a party. The dance team member told Title IX investigators with the university that she fell asleep and was sexually assaulted. The football player said the act was consensual.