SHSU VP Retiring

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A high-ranking Sam Houston State University official is stepping down, amid prior allegations of wrongdoing.

Thelma Douglass, Vice President of Student Services, announced her retirement Thursday.

Sam Houston officials confirmed earlier this month that Douglass was under investigation for misuse of school money.

A university spokesman Thursday evening said an audit was performed but wouldn't comment on whether it showed any wrongdoing.

The spokesman confirmed the investigation is complete.

Douglass has been at Sam Houston for more than ten years.

University president James Gaertner has asked Douglass to defer her retirement to work as a special assistant to the president until September 30.

Meanwhile, the investigation into alleged wrongdoing continues.

Frank Parker, associate vice president of student services and dean of students, will serve as interim vice president for student services. "I would like to thank Dr. Douglass for her service to the university and especially for her devotion to students," said Gaertner. "We wish her well."

Douglass came to Sam Houston State University in 1993 as associate vice president for student services and dean of students. She became vice president for student services in June 1996. Douglass received her bachelor of arts, master of education, and doctor of education degrees from the University of Houston. She also did post baccalaureate work at Texas Southern University and the International School of Theology at Fort Collins, Colo.

The student services division at Sam Houston State University includes the areas of Bearkat OneCard, Counseling Services, Dean of Students' Office, Health Center, Lowman Student Center, Recreational Sports & Activities, Student Activities, and Students' Legal & Mediation Services.