Recent Event Highlights: Chancellor calls for Easley's resignation, Nielsen resigns, N&O makes connection between Nielsen and Campbell, NCSU hires Mary Easley, Nielsen appointed provost, Gov. Easley reappoints Campbell, and 9 more...
Created by technician on May 14, 2009
Last updated: 03/11/10 at 11:07 PM
Tags: N.C. State Nielsen Provost Easley Oblinger Mcqueen Campbell
The federal government issues subpoenas for Chancellor James Oblinger, Provost Larry Nielsen and Custodian of Records to testify and provide all documents in relation to Mary Easley's hiring, promotions and compensation dating from 2002 to the present.
Chancellor James Oblinger tells WRAL that Easley's resignation would be "in the best interest of the University."
Board of Trustees chairman McQueen Campbell, an alum, resigns from his post.
The N&O reports UNC President Erskine Bowles had a conversation with Campbell earlier in the week about the Easley hire. Bowles publically calls for Campbell to step down as BOT Chairman.
5/14/09 - Nielsen resigns as provost, effective Friday, May 22, citing "the intense public attention and criticism from my hiring of Mrs. Mary Easley and now because of questions surrounding the way I was hired as provost." Warwick Arden, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is named interim provost.
The News & Observer publishes the second story in a two-part series about special privileges received by Gov. Mike Easley. The second story named Campbell and Nielsen in connection with providing benefits to the Easley family and improperly hiring Easley to her faculty position at the University.
The UNC Board of Governors says NCSU misinterpreted a policy for creating employee contracts like Easley's. University staff is forced to review hundreds of contracts to make sure they are in compliance with the UNC system's salary policy.
7/1/08 - Mary Easley receives an 88-percent raise of almost $80,000 with some expanded responsibilities. Faculty Senate Chair Jim Martin says the increase in pay "disgusted" some faculty members.
7/25/05 - NCSU announces its hiring of Mary Easley.
The University announces that Nielsen will become permanent provost in a release.
Gov. Mike Easley reappoints Campbell to the NCSU Board of Trustees.
After the interviews are complete with the four finalists for the provost position, the University announces that the search will be extended to included Nielsen as a finalist. In the release from the University, Chancellor Oblinger cited a "considerable sentiment from many faculty, staff and students ...that the current interim provost should be considered as a candidate for the position."
Nielsen files a request to create a new lecturer position in the provost's office. Easley interviewed for the position nine days earlier. The request is approved one day later.
Nielsen interviews Mary Easley and a form is submitted to waive the normal recruitment process. "Experience uniquely qualifies this person for this position" is stated as the justification for waiving the formal hiring process.
A faxed resume from Mary Easley is sent to Nielsen. On the same day, NCSU began interviews with four candidates for the permanent provost replacement. Nielsen was not included.
NCSU Board of Trustees meet.
Campbell leads a personnel committee meeting at NCSU.
Former Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court Burley Mitchell swears in James Oblinger as the 13th chancellor
McQueen Campbell, an NCSU Board of Trustees member, meets at Larry Nielsen's office at NCSU according to a document obtained by the News & Observer.
As announced Oct. 8, 2004, Oblinger officially took over as chancellor Jan. 1, 2005. The official ceremony for him to be sworn in was not until April 20, 2005.
Larry Nielsen, former dean of the College of Natural Resources, named interim provost. In a release from the University, it was stated that Nielsen would serve until a permanent provost was appointed, but "he will not be a candidate for the position."
UNC-System President Molly Corbett Broad names James Oblinger chancellor
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced in a letter to the UNC Board of Governors her intention to resign and accept the chancellor's position at the University of California at San Diego.
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox names James Oblinger provost