Dave Wilson sues HCC, fellow trustees alleging improper vote

A Houston Community College trustee is suing his colleagues and the system over an alleged voting infraction.

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Houston Community College District 2 Board Member Dave Wilson at HCC board meeting Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Houston Community College District 2 Board Member Dave Wilson at...

A Houston Community College trustee is suing his colleagues and the system over an alleged voting infraction.

Dave Wilson, a District II trustee, is accusing Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, the board's vice chair, of improperly voting remotely during a September trustee meeting. 

Board bylaws say that only trustees present in person can vote, though absent trustees can listen to the proceedings electronically. 

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Wilson's lawsuit says the meeting in question took place on Sept. 21. HCC trustees did not meet that day, but at the Sept. 22 meeting, the board was scheduled to elect a secretary for the remainder of 2017, authorize HCC's chancellor to execute a facilities maintenance contract and define how vendors who violate the board's ethics code should be disciplined, among other items. 

"If the court finds that participating by video chat in the board meetings violates (board bylaws), then the court should declare her vote illegal and void," his lawsuit reads. "The court should order a recount of each agenda item for the board meeting." 

Wilson has lashed out at his colleagues and HCC administrators on issues ranging from the system's presence at an LGBT pride parade to the nursing school allegedly withholding diplomas from students. 

HCC spokeswoman Linda Toyota said the system had not been served as of Wednesday afternoon and could not immediately comment.

 Lindsay Ellis writes about higher education for the Chronicle. You can follow her on Twitter and send her tips at lindsay.ellis@chron.com.

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