Judge dismisses MSU tenure lawsuit

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Georgios Lazarou’s six-year-old employment lawsuit against Mississippi State University was dismissed Thursday.
The Cypress native sued in 2007, claiming MSU denied him tenure in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
In permanently dismissing the case, Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson said Lazarou failed to present enough evidence to rebut reasons given for his denial of tenure or that his Caucasian colleagues were treated differently in the tenure process.
Lazarou began work at MSU as an assistant professor under a series of one-year contracts. In his sixth year he applied for tenure and promotion.
His department’s review committee voted unanimously against it, which set off a chain of refusals.
MSU said although he was satisfactory in teaching and service, he failed with insufficient research, publishing and grants.
Lazarou claimed his denial was on his race and national origin.