Whistle blown on powerful USA administrator.

Whistle blown on powerful USA administrator.

Ted Burnett C: 251-709-0280
500 Lincoln Street, Ste. B-105, Daphne, AL 36526 ted@tedburnett.com

August 25, 2017

Dr. Tony Waldrop, President
University of South Alabama
University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688

Re: University of South Alabama’s Dr. Andrea Agnew and her misconduct

Dear Dr. Tony Waldrop,

Cc: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshal
University of South Alabama Board of Trustees Member James A. Yance
University of South Alabama Faculty
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Dr. Michael Mitchell, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student
Dr. Andrea Agnew, Student Disability Services, Associate Dean of Students
Whistleblower Hotline Internalaudit@southalabama.edu

Today (Friday), I returned to your campus to nail down a few details as I try to successfully launch this program for dyslexic college students at USA or off-campus. I still don’t have a room to use, but I’m looking at one of the free rooms that are available in the Marx Library. I, first, stopped by the student center’s information booth where I got directions to The Vanguard’s office. That sent me across campus to Alpha South, but their door was locked. I backed tracked to my car and moved it closer to the Student Disabilities Services office.

I’ve been waiting for a call back from Dr. Andrea Agnew, Director of Student Disabilities Services and Associate Dean of Students, since my first visit on August 2, 2017. I sent an email later that day to Dr. Agnew, but it resulted in me getting an auto message stating that she would be back in her office on August 7, 2017. I sent her another email on August 8, 2017 and later more phone calls and emails including one where I Cc:ed you in the email.

This morning, I was talking with a former Alabama County School Systems Superintendent about the problem that I was having with Dr. Agnew – not getting my call returned. It really blew my mind that this type of behavior would be tolerated within any organization of any size from a high level administrator much less from a new secretary. His response was that these institutions operate at their own speed and in their own bubble. I am so baffled by the silence that I was really at a lost over what the issues were between Dr. Agnew and myself. It made explaining the situation to others difficult. Thus, I paid a second visit to her office after lunch. I walked into the lobby to find no one sitting in the receptionist’s desk. I stood there for a few minutes. I could hear people talking in the corner office. I then took a seat waiting on someone from the back return to the reception area. After ten minutes, I finally wondered if there was a bell to ring, which I finally saw and quickly tapped.

Immediately, I could hear someone coming from the back. A black female (a student or a student-employee) appeared in the reception area window. I told her that I wanted to speak with Dr. Agnew. The female told me that she (“Dr. Agnew was coming!”) Confused as to where she would appear, I took turns moving my head from the receptionist’s window over to the hallway on my right and back eagerly waiting for her to appear. Instead, a skinny black male with a trimmed beard appeared in the hallway. I told him that I wanted to speak with Dr. Agnew. He told me that she “MAY HAVE STEPPED OUTSIDE” for a few minutes as he retreated back to her office. He quickly returned telling me that she was out of the office. His words rolled off his tongue like a big fat lie. I put a flyer in his hand and told him to have her call me before leaving their office.

It’s bad enough that she won’t do her job and give me five minutes of her time and isn’t mature enough to handle the position of Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Disabilities Services with any degree of professionalism. It’s another thing to have college students doing your bidding and have them think that lying is how one gets to the top of an organization. Regardless of my project, The Center for Dyslexia and Talent, it can be taken elsewhere. Lying is a cancer and everything it touches dies! People can be cancers in their relationships with others. Given USA’s Mitchell Cancer Institute, I don’t have to explain how free radical cells bouncing around in the body damage cells and kill the body to this group.

I returned to my car and immediately drove off campus replaying in my mind what had just happened. I would be miles down the road before I realized that I had forgotten to stop by the library. I didn’t bother returning.

On Friday night at 5:48 pm, I received an email from Dr. Michael Mitchell (Subject: No contact/no trespass) threatening to arrest me if I came back on to campus and to immediately cease trying to contact Dr. Andrea Agnew. His email and following letter to me was generated off another lie told to him by Dr. Agnew or someone in the Student Disabilities Services office. I believe Dr. Mitchell got played by Dr. Agnew otherwise telling my version of the story to him wouldn’t warrant a “No contact/No trespass” letter to me. Besides me, there are two other witnesses with stories to tell in Dr. Agnew’s office. Any investigator worth their salt should be able to get the truth out of them.

Hopefully, this cancer is limited to just this office and hasn’t spread throughout the current administration. Professors, students, parents, and taxpayers deserve better and are handing over real money to this university; if the integrity of South Alabama is no better than the new football athletic facility that came crashing down to the ground over the summer that would explain a lot. As a whistleblower, this matter should be investigated at the highest levels by the governor’s office, the state attorney general’s office, the University of South Alabama’s Board of Trustees, University President Tony Waldrop’s office and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

If this is what diversity means at the university level, America is doomed! I say, “Shame on all of you who participate in the promotion of incompetent people by doing and saying nothing and then allowing others to get hurt by them.” At the heart of the matter, one person is telling the truth while the other is getting people to lie for her.


Ted Burnett
See attachment: No contact/No trespass email from Dr. Michael Mitchell


Press Release on Dr. Andrea Agnew named Advocate of the Year for 2015; http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/publicrelations/pressreleases/2015/031715Agnew.html

University of South Alabama Whistleblower Hotline;
No Contact/No Trespass
Michael Mitchell <mmitchell@southalabama.edu>
Donna B. Williams
Today at 5:48 PM
Mr. Burnett,

Please see the attached correspondence. A hard copy will be mailed to your address of record.

Thank you,

Dr. Michael Mitchell
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Division of Student Affairs
P: (251) 460-6172
F: (251) 460-6157

Division of Student Affairs/Student Center 245
350 Campus Drive
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

August 25, 2017

Dear Mr. Burnett:

Our office is in receipt of information related to a campus visit to the Office of Student Disability Services on August 25, 2017.

On August 21, 2017, I issued a cease and desist related to associations between the Center for Dyslexia and Talent and the University of South Alabama.

Based on the report, I am issuing a NO CONTACT (verbal, electronic, personal or otherwise) order between you and Dr. Andrea Agnew. I am also issuing a NO TRESPASS for all USA property, until further notice.

Failure to follow this order will result in your arrest for trespassing and/or additional charges.


Michael A. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student

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