Friday, April 18, 2003

Ex-KSU president drops $15M suit against newspaper, UC prof

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Former Kentucky State University president George W. Reid has dropped his $15 million lawsuit against the State Journal.

Reid's attorney, Thomas Clay, has asked to have the case, which also named a University of Cincinnati professor as a defendant, dismissed in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Overall, according to attorney Garry Adams, the suit cost Reid an estimated $2,000. Adams spoke on behalf of Clay, who has been put on voice rest due to health problems.

Reid wanted to avoid the expense and inconvenience of the protracted litigation, Adams said, wanting to sever ties with Frankfort.

At issue was the newspaper's reporting that professors at the University of Cincinnati, where Reid once was a dean, suggested in a report that Reid had padded his record of academic achievements and published works.

A consultant hired by KSU's board of regents examined Reid's resume and declared it accurate. Professor Andrew Villalon said Reid corrected the resume after it was challenged.

"This case should never have been filed," said the newspaper's attorney, Kim Greene. "There was no basis for it factually or legally."

Ann Dix Maenza, publisher of the State Journal, said discovery in the case supported the story, which was based on a report by Villalon.

"Our story was a fair and accurate account of a public document," Maenza said.

Reid is working as a consultant at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Washington, D.C., after being fired from KSU last June.

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