CSU has agreed to pay $227,000 to Jon Clark, former associate
dean for the College of Business.
Clark filed a lawsuit against CSU and Daniel Costello, former
dean of the College of Business, in August 2001. Clark said he was
demoted from his position as associate dean in February 2001 after
he filed a report saying Costello had sexually harassed female
employees and used gender discrimination.
“The university allowed Dean Costello to remove me from my
position,” Clark said. “About a week after I turned in the report
he started narrowing my responsibilities considerably.”
Clark is currently a professor at CSU in the computer
information systems department. He served as the business associate
dean for nine years, from 1992-2001.
“Dan Costello removed me from that position in retaliation for
charges other people brought against him,” Clark said.
Clark was an equal opportunity coordinator for the College of
Business, and he received complaints against Costello from four
women in the college. Since then, three of these women have quit
and one has chosen an early retirement, Clark said.
“The reason I took the allegations forward is because there were
other women in our college that were being abused,” Clark said.
Costello could not be reached for comment.
The settlement does not assign blame, and CSU is not taking
responsibility for Clark’s demotion.
“We believe the university has acted appropriately at all
times,” said Laurence Pendleton, associate general counsel for CSU.
“We’ve decided to put this matter behind us and resolve the
Kristina James, attorney with Denver law firm McNamara &
Martinez, which represented Clark, disagreed.
“We thought (CSU) was wrong,” James said. “That’s why we filed
the lawsuit in the first place.”
This is not the first time legal action has been taken against
CSU with Costello involved.
In 1998, associate professor Myron Hulen sued CSU and Costello,
claiming that he too was unfairly removed from his post.
A jury ordered CSU and Costello to pay Hulen more than
CSU officials are hoping to move on from this case quickly.
“It was in the best interest of everyone else concerned that we
just settle it and move on,” said university spokesman Tom
Milligan. “We’re glad, as an institution, to have settled this case
and put this matter behind us.”
Clark said he would continue teaching at CSU indefinitely.
“I’m planning to stay for a while, but I haven’t decided,” Clark
said. “My career at CSU, as far as an administrator, is over. It’s
about power and authority and abuse of power.”