Local university sued for allegedly refusing to honor teacher’s endowment

NEW ORLEANS – A woman who claims she received an endowed professorship is suing a New Orleans University for allegedly failing to follow-through with her appointment.

Yolanda Powell Young filed suit against Dillard University in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

The plaintiff claims that she received correspondence from Dillard University awarding her the Gloria Kabacoff Endowed Researching Professorship in Teaching and Informatics in 2011. She says that she was supposed to receive state funds and a salary for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic school years plus research reimbursement, but never did. Young alleges that the school neglected to follow policies and procedures to provide approval for the endowment via the university institutional review board.

Dillard is accused of failing to comply with university policy and procedure, gross and wanton negligence, breach of contract, failing to respond to requests made by the plaintiff and acts of omission.

Young asks that a settlement be reached for the above penalties plus attorneys’ fees and other related expenses.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney Clarence Roby Jr. of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Case no. 2013-08554.

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