I found this story by accident when I went looking for information on a local radio hostess who has a cute voice. Anyway, I’m in shock.
Louis Agnese was president of University of Incarnate Word (UIW) for 31 years. He put the school on the map. He was a major player in the city of San Antonio. He was the only educator in the city to espouse excellence. The others were too busy pushing diversity and multiculturalism, while overseeing mediocre schools.
To put Agnese’s firing in perspective, San Antonio is a sanctuary city, probably 80 percent Mexican, and votes Democrat. This is not a place where you see Trump signs or bumper stickers.
This is what America has come to. Everyone will try to destroy you if you deviate even slightly from the PC line. This must stop.
Posted August 29th, 2016 @ 5:40pm by 1200 WOAI
A committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Incarnate Word this afternoon removed veteran President Louis Agnese permanently, firing him from the job he has held for 31 years, for what the board deemed were ‘inappropriate comments.’ An anonymous letter emailed to News Radio 1200 WOAI revealed that among those comments were remarks that Agnese made at a recent luncheon ‘indicating his support for Mr. Donald Trump and his hatred of Mrs. Hillary Clinton.’
After the comments were made, the UIW Board placed Agense on 90 days medical leave, saying they ‘provoked considerable concern for his well being.’
. UIW Board President Charles Lutz announced the decision late this afternoon, praising Agnese for his efforts to build a struggling college into the third largest private university in Texas.
The author of the anonymous letter, who is referred to as ‘very concerned students’ says the comments made him or her feel that Agnese was ‘a raging racist lunatic.’
The comments also prompted UIW to ‘offer a sincere apology to persons who may have been offended.’
‘Very concerned students,’ who refers to the writer throughout the letter as ‘I’ indicating it is from one person and not ‘students,’ also points out unnecessarily racialist cracks allegedly made by Agnese during the luncheon, including once joking that if there were any ‘Native Americans in the audience, their skin color would also count as wearing Cardinal red.’ UIW is ‘The Cardinals,’ and the crack is apparently a reference to the ‘Redskins’ stereotype.
‘Very concerned students’ also says Agnese once addressed a Hispanic faculty member as ‘Javier,’ (spelled in the letter as ‘Javiere’) and when the faculty member corrected him, saying his name is ‘Jamie,’ (its not known if this is a misspelling of the common name ‘Jaime’), Agnese allegedly joked ‘close enough, you look like a Jose.’
There is no way to tell who ‘very concerned student’ is or whether the individual writing the letter is even a student at UIW. It is also not known if the person who e-mailed the letter to 1200 WOAI did it to defend or expose Agnese, who has strongly denied making any inappropriate statements.
The letter takes an angry tone throughout, once threatening the university.
“I can be VERY LOUD and my parents, particularly given their resources, can and will be EXPONENTIALLY LOUDER still,” the anonymous writer says, threatening to take the complaints about Agnese to ‘every single stakeholder we can think of, including past and potential future donors, notable alumni, the Sisters of Charity, the local Archdiocese, every private and parochial school in Texas, local, state, and national newspapers, other periodicals in the area of higher education, and as many college review web sites as we can get our hands on.’
Agnese is credited with building UIW from a small college into a major Catholic university, building programs in areas from architecture to science to health professions. The new medical school, which Agnese has worked for a decade to build, is set to open next fall.
More research turned up this detail on Agnese’s sins:
Long known for his colorful phrases called “Lou-isms,” Agnese, 65, upset students and faculty with public comments he made at an Aug. 15 luncheon for physical therapy students, according to an anonymous complaint sent by “very concerned students” to UIW officials.
Among the concerns: Agnese singled out an African-American student who wasn’t wearing the school colors of Cardinal red. “Well, you’re lucky you’re black so you are in a way wearing Cardinal black,” he reportedly told her.
Agnese went on to ask if there were any Native American students in the group, according to the complaint, and he said their “Indian-red skin color would also count as wearing Cardinal red.”
Agnese confirmed he made those comments and others — but denied they were offensive.
Others on campus disagreed. Faculty and staff at UIW’s School of Physical Therapy were “absolutely outraged” and “immediately called upon the administration to take action,” according to a campus source who requested anonymity because school officials have discouraged people from speaking with the media.
“The dean was in contact with senior university administration immediately following that lunch, and a meeting was called the next day to inform students of this, and to make it clear to them in no uncertain terms that this behavior was unacceptable and did not reflect what UIW stands for,” the source told the San Antonio Express-News.
The source said Agnese made inappropriate comments at other functions during that time frame, sparking other complaints that eventually made their way to UIW’s board of trustees.
On Aug. 18, board chairman Charles Lutz released a statement to the UIW community that was posted on the Facebook page of the university’s student newspaper, the Logos. Lutz announced that Agnese was taking 90 days of medical leave for “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments.”
Lutz, president of Intercontinental Wealth Advisors, did not offer details but apologized to anyone who was offended.
Lutz released another statement Friday praising Agnese’s service but emphasizing his recent statements “cannot be condoned.” Lutz said the board will discuss the matter Monday.
They praise you as they fire you. Bastards!