Regent Drops Lawsuit Against University

Feb 18, 2014

A member of the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents who formerly was an instructor for the school has dropped a lawsuit against it.

A federal judge last week granted a motion by Carl Foster's lawyer to dismiss the suit. It contended that the university improperly handled a student complaint against Foster.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that the university said the case was dismissed without any financial settlement.

A legislative committee chairwoman had opposed confirmation of Sen. Susana Martinez's s appointment of Foster to the regents.

Sen. Linda Lopez said the lawsuit constituted a conflict of interest for Foster. However, Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell has said Foster's lawsuit didn't disqualify him or lessen his educational record.

Foster formerly taught special education at the school's Rio Rancho center.

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