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Texas University President Fired after Controversial Remarks

SAN ANTONIO ― A Texas university has fired its president after he had been placed on medical leave because of “uncharacteristic behavior and comments.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports the University of the Incarnate Word’s governing board on Monday announced it had voted to remove Louis Agnese Jr. as president.

The newspaper says Agnese’s firing came after details of an anonymous complaint became public last week that accused Agnese of making a series of racially insensitive comments at a student luncheon earlier this month.

Agnese had previously told the Express-News that he hasn’t “made an offensive comment in my life” and insisted the remarks at the luncheon were not offensive.

The Catholic university’s governing board said it would begin a national search to replace Agnese, who had been the school’s president since 1985.

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