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Robert Hardesty termination litigation records

Identifier: 21.900-07-Hardesty-2008.Legal

Scope and Contents

This collection includes legal records pertaining to the case Robert L. Hardesty and Mary R. Hardesty vs. Texas State University System, the Board of Regents of Texas State University System and Ruben M. Escobedo, Norma D. Elder, W.C. Perry, Lee Drain and George William Worth, Jr. Cause number 472,973. The case led to a $1.1 million dollar settlement for Mr. Hardesty.

These items are grouped by type. Series I: Court documents, 1990-1991; Series II: Oral Depositions, 1989-1990; Series III: Exhibits, 1981-1991; Series IV: Correspondence and research, 1982-1991


  • 1981-1991

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Special Collections and Archives owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies.

Biographical note

Robert L. Hardesty is a former assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson and editor of President Johnson’s memoir, The Vantage Point. He also served as press secretary to Texas Dolph Governor Briscoe, Vice Chancellor of The University of Texas System, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service, and President of Southwest Texas State University.

Robert Hardesty was appointed as president of Southwest Texas State University in 1981, and was dismissed from this position with some controversy in 1988. He persued legal action following his dismissal and was eventually awarded the title of President Emeritus.

Under Hardesty’s presidency of Southwest Texas State University, enrollment grew to more than 20,000. He built on Lee H. Smith’s initial private fundraising efforts, moved the Bobcats to NCAA Division I, created the College of General Studies, and pursued his goal of making Texas State the finest undergraduate school in the state. He expanded the physical plant with projects that included the stadium and library, increased statewide visibility of the school, and is credited with improved town-gown relations.


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This collection includes legal records pertaining to the case former University President Robert L. Hardesty and Mary R. Hardesty against the Board of Regents of Texas State University System after his sudden and controversial dismissal. The case led to a $1.1 million dollar settlement for Mr. Hardesty.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David Richards in 2008. Richards served as attorney for Robert L. Hardesty.

Related Materials

See also Robert L. Hardesty presidental papers, for audio recordings and interviews about the termination.

Processing Information

Paper materials with mold on them were replaced with photocopies.

Robert Hardesty termination litigation records
Sarah Marshall
2012 January 11
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Revision Statements

  • 2019 July 3: ArchivesSpace migration revisions by Zoe Heinsohn
  • 2021 July: Revised for DACS compliancy, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Alkek Library Room 580
601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA