Fired Southern band director loses appeal to get his job back
SHREVEPORT- Former Southern University Band Director Nathan Haymer will not get his job back.
Haymer's appeal of his termination was one of the last entries on the agenda for Southern's board meeting in Shreveport Friday. A potential delay to the decision was put up for a vote, but the board ultimately decided to uphold the firing.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit reported this year, that Haymer allegedly accepted kickbacks from Mardi Gras krewes in New Orleans to have the Southern University Human Jukebox marching band play.
Then, the WBRZ Investigative Unit broke the news about the audit that Southern University conducted into band funds. That audit was turned over to District Attorney Hillar Moore and the state legislative auditor. The audit revealed Haymer deposited at least $300,000 in funds from band camp and Dancing Dolls' tryouts into his personal accounts. According to the university, of that amount, more than $200,000 was unaccounted for during the audit process.
Haymer's attorney maintained his client's innocence and told reporters he had documentation to substantiate every last dime that was deposited into Haymer's personal accounts.
Those documents were not provided to reporters.
The university released the following statement after Haymer's appeal failed:
“The Southern University System Board of Supervisors today did not grant the appeal of Nathan B. Haymer, former Director of Bands. As a public university employee, he had a right to appeal his termination and now it is final. Southern University is committed to continuing to support our band program on and off the field. We have no additional comment at this time.”