LSU Health Shreveport chancellor put on administrative leave day after EEOC complaints filed against university
Senator claims LSU is using med school as scapegoat for issues at Baton Rouge campus
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, Dr. G.E. Ghali, has been placed on administrative leave one day after the university confirmed several Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints have been filed against the school.
The school put Dr. Ghali on leave Tuesday, April 13. The EEOC complaints reference retaliation, as well as gender and race discrimination, the school said in a statement released Monday, April 12.
LSU Interim President Tom Galligan released the following statement:
“We have been made aware of several EEOC allegations against LSU Health Shreveport. In light of this, we believe the right thing to do is to place Chancellor Ghali on administrative leave until a thorough review is conducted.
During his absence, David Lewis, Dean of School of Medicine, Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, will serve as Acting Chancellor. I am grateful for his willingness to lead through this period.
I understand that this is a stressful and challenging situation, but I am confident in your ability to continue your great work under these circumstances. Thank you for your exceptional contributions to your students, your research, and all the communities you serve.”
Dr. Ghali also released a statement about the allegations, saying:
“I am proud of our tremendously qualified team that reflects the diversity of the students we serve. We have consistently elevated female voices to positions of power across our campus, and I continue to believe our model should serve as an example for the rest of the LSU system.
Yesterday, members of the media reported alleged claims against LSU Health Shreveport. On April 7, I received written notice the Title IX review of these same allegations was complete. The investigation did not find sufficient evidence to support any Title IX concern.
LSU Health Shreveport, under my guidance, will always lead by example and operate at the highest standards. Restoring trust in Louisiana’s flagship university system should be a priority for every leader. I am confident in a positive outcome of any subsequent review. Still, considering the current system-wide controversy at LSU, I agreed to take a temporary administrative leave of absence during this review and return to campus upon its completion.
I am proud of what we have built together, and I look forward to leading this great family of professionals and students for years to come.”
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Senator Greg Tarver, a Democrat who represents District 39 in Louisiana, released a fiery statement Tuesday, claiming LSU is trying to take the heat off recent scandals at its Baton Rouge campus by “casting a shadow on the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.” He claims the university system is looking for a scapegoat.
The full statement from the senator can be found below:
“In looking at the situation at Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School in Shreveport, the LSU Baton Rouge System first tried to bring sexual harassment charges against the Shreveport Medical School, namely the Chancellor, Dr. Ghali E. Ghali. The investigation led to Dr. Ghali being cleared of all charges, but now they have come against the school with other accusations.
Upon closer examination, it is apparent that the LSU System is attempting to take the heat off of LSU Baton Rouge by casting a shadow on the LSU Medical School in Shreveport for the sole benefit of LSU Baton Rouge.
LSU Baton Rouge has never had any love for LSU Medical School in Shreveport. They act as if they care about us in Shreveport but they look at us very differently. In over twenty-eight years of serving in the State Senate, LSU Baton Rouge has never genuinely cared for North Louisiana. Right now their only concern is self-protection because the LSU System has not yet begun to touch the surface of the issues surrounding the school in Baton Rouge.
They are looking for a scapegoat and that is LSU Medical School in Shreveport. With over 20 years of service on the Senate Finance Committee, I have heard, and witnessed, many Presidents of the LSU System refer to LSU Medical School in Shreveport as a second class citizen.
Their primary allegiance is to their precious LSU football in Baton Rouge. They have also enlisted help from people in Shreveport who have petty jealousies and personality conflicts to assist with tainting the reputation of a person that I know to be doing an excellent job at LSU Medical School in Shreveport. This is the best Chancellor we have had at the medical school since Dr. John McDonald, and by creating these unwarranted allegations they are not fairly serving the people of North Louisiana.”
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