A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a discrimination lawsuit that claimed one of Iowa's largest community colleges passed over candidate for the job of college president because he was black.
Fred Gilbert was serving as Urban Campus Provost for the Des Moines Area Community College in 2004 when applied for the president's job. His lawsuit claimed that DMACC officials did not hire him because he was black, then retaliated when he filed his lawsuit by demoting him.
The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Gilbert's claims couldn't be substantiated and that he was not hired because other candidates were more qualified.
According to the court, DMACC used a point system during its search for a new president, and that based on that system the school, "determined none of the minority candidates were close enough in points to the finalists to be interviewed."
Rob Denson, who had the second highest score among the finalists in 2004, was eventually named as DMACC's president.
Gilbert said he was demoted to a job with half the pay he had been getting, but the court found that the demotion was due to Gilbert's plagiarism of essays from academic textbooks in his application.