I like to think that Augustana University is a bastion of reasonable liberal thinking in the midst of a too-red sea of Sioux Falls urbanites. But two former music professors are taking Augie to court over alleged discrimination:
Lisa Grevlos and Paul Nesheim claim they were wrongfully terminated due to age, sex, retaliation and breach of contract.
In this civil lawsuit against Augustana University, Lisa Grevlos and Paul Nesheim claim they lost their jobs after participating in a hiring interview for the new Dean of the School of Music back in 2020.
Shortly after the interview, an anonymous complaint was filed against Grevlos, Nesheim and one other person.
The federal lawsuit says Grevlos then filed a Title IX complaint, alleging discrimination and retaliation by two colleagues and following that complaint, she was demoted from her duties.
Her colleague, Paul Nesheim, was named on the Title IX complaint as a witness. The lawsuit claims he too was demoted.
Grevlos and Nesheim would go on to file additional discrimination complaints and would eventually dismissed from their jobs [Renee Ortiz, “Augustana University Being Sued by Former Faculty,” KELO-TV, 2023.05.30].
I suppose we may expect SDGOP spin blogger Pat Powers to salivate at the prospect of raking over the coals an institution of higher education led by a certain former Democratic Congresswoman now facing allegations of discrimination. After all, the Republican Party has a keen interest in undermining public confidence in any institutions of higher education not called Hillsdale.