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Pay Raises Taken Off Southern Agenda

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 6:34am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to nearly double the pay of the son of a leading member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors has been removed from the board's Friday meeting agenda.
Southern University System interim President Kassie Freeman recommended increasing the pay of Brandon Dumas, coordinator for student affairs, while adding "deputy chief of staff" to his job title.
Dumas, is the son of Southern Board member, financial donor and
Baton Rouge lawyer Walter Dumas, who is chairman of Southern's personnel committee.
Walter Dumas recently supported Freeman in a narrow June vote to
become interim president just before former President Ralph Slaughter was ousted.
Southern Board Chairman Tony Clayton on Tuesday removed the pay
raise from the board agenda.