The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to “immediately” and “permanently” remove longtime President Lou Agnese Jr. on Monday, Aug. 29 following complaints of erratic and offensive behavior.
“Dr. Denise Doyle, who the Board appointed as acting president when Dr. Agnese was placed on medical leave, will continue in that role with our full confidence,” UIW Board Chairman Charles Lutz read from a statement after the meeting. “The board shortly will begin a national search for a new President.”
Agnese is currently on a 90-day medical leave.
The vote comes 11 days after an Aug. 18 statement was sent out by UIW, which apologized for Agnese’s “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior” toward students, faculty, and administrators. When an anonymous student letter was leaked to the San Antonio Express-News outlining a string of alleged racist remarks made by Agnese, the board released another statement on Aug. 26 explaining that, “recent comments by Dr. Agnese are not consistent with the traditions and values of the University and cannot be condoned.”
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Congregational Leader Sr. Teresa Maya read a statement thanking Agnese for his 30-plus years of service.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Agnese, his family and the entire University community.”
Neither Lutz nor Maya made further comment concerning the reason for Agnese’s removal, the leaked comments, or the “considerable concern for his well-being” voiced in their original statement.
University officials declined to answer questions from the media after the press conference.
Visit the Rivard Report later today for more details on this developing story.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the UIW board of trustees voted to remove Agnese on Tuesday, when in fact they did so on Monday, Aug. 29.
Top Image: UIW Board Chairman Charles Lutz (left) reads from prepared remarks after the board unanimously voted to remove longtime President Lou Agnese Jr. as Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Congregational Leader Sr. Teresa Maya looks on. Photo by Scott Ball.