Govindaswamy Nagarajan v. Lonnie Sharpe

02/27/2018 IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF TENNESSEE AT NASHVILLE Assigned on Briefs January 4, 2017 GOVINDASWAMY NAGARAJAN v. LONNIE SHARPE, ET AL. Appeal from the Chancery Court for Davidson County No. 16-200-II Carol L. McCoy, Chancellor ___________________________________ No. M2016-01152-COA-R3-CV ___________________________________ This is an appeal from the trial court’s dismissal of the pro se plaintiff’s discrimination action against Tennessee State University and certain administrators. The court determined that the plaintiff had requested relief beyond its authority to award and granted the motion to dismiss in favor of the defendants. The plaintiff appeals. We affirm. Tenn. R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Chancery Court Affirmed, Case Remanded JOHN W. MCCLARTY, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which FRANK G. CLEMENT, JR., P.J., M.S., and BRANDON O. GIBSON, J., joined. Govindaswamy Nagarajan, Nashville, Tennessee, pro se. Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andreẻ Blumstein, Solicitor General; and John W. Dalton, Senior Counsel, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Glenda Glover, Mark Hardy, Samuel Hargrove, Jeanetta Jackson, Lonnie Sharpe, Linda Woodruff, and Tennessee State University. OPINION I. BACKGROUND The plaintiff, Govindaswamy Nagarajan (“Professor”), was born in the village of Kalyanapuram, Thanjavur District, State of Tamil Nadu, India on November 10, 1931. He arrived in the United States in August 1962 and became an American citizen on November 10, 1977. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Before immigrating to the United States, Professor received a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1955 from the University of Madras, a Master of Arts with an emphasis on Electronics in 1957 from Annamalai University, a Master of Science in Physics with an emphasis on Spectroscopy in 1958 from Annamalai University, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physics in the areas of Modern Physics and Thermodynamics in 1961 from Annamalai University, and a Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) in Physics in the areas of Quantum Mechanics and Infrared Spectroscopy in 1968 from Annamalai University. After coming to this country, Professor worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater; at the University of Maryland at College Park; and at the National Biomedical Research Foundation at Georgetown University under various research projects in different research areas from 1962 to 1970. He has published research papers in numerous journals of national and international reputation and a book on thermodynamic equilibrium studies. He also worked as a Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina from 1966 to 1970, and as a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia from 1970 to 1973. From 1973 to 1979, he was again employed as Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Allen University. He then served as a Professor of Physical Sciences at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina from 1979 to 1980. The following year, he accepted a lower rank but a tenure-track position at Tennessee State University (“TSU”) with ...

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