Former Texas Southern University President Avoids Jail Time

Priscilla Slade, former president of Texas Southern University, pleaded no contest to charges that she illegally used university funds to furnish and improve her personal residence. As part of the plea deal, Slade agreed to refund the university $127,000 and to perform 400 hours of community service.

Slade had been tried on the charges last fall but a mistrial was declared when a jury was unable to reach a verdict. Prosecutors had promised to retry the case. Slade faced a long prison term if convicted of all charges.