Ivor van Heerden releases affidavit detailing retaliatory activity by LSU officials

Professor Ivor van Heerden, Feb 10, 2010

Dr. Ivor van Heerden

Ivor van Heerden, former deputy director of Louisiana State University’s Hurricane Center asked Friday that U.S. District Judge James J. Brady of Baton Rouge order his immediate reinstatement at LSU.

Van Heerden’s contract with LSU will expire May 21.

In February, van Heerden sued LSU and four administrators alleging that his LSU career is ending because he blamed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the failure of levees and floodwalls in New Orleans during Katrina in 2005. He says LSU officials were worried that federal funding would be jeopardized.

In a sworn affidavit released yesterday, Ivor van Heerden named those at LSU who were angry that he criticized the Army Corps.

LSU receives large federal grants from the Army Corps.

Meanwhile, the 50,000-member American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has notified LSU that it has established and ad hoc committee to investigate the school’s action against van Heerden.

Click here for sworn affidavit.

Click here for more about the latest action by van Heerden’s attorneys.

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