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NCCU Administrator Should Be Fired, Some Students Say

Posted February 13, 2008
Updated February 14, 2008

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— Some students at North Carolina Central University want to know why an administrator accused of embezzling money still has a job. Others warn against a rush to judgment.

Franklin Carver was stripped of his duties as assistant provost and associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, but retains his faculty position at NCCU.

A state audit, released Tuesday, said that Carver diverted federal research money to pay his credit card bills.

Some students told WRAL Wednesday that a person accused of misusing university funds should be off the payroll. The audit was front-page news on the campus newspaper and has students asking questions about the university's actions.

“Personally, I do think he should be fired and he should be terminated immediately,” NCCU student Geoffrey Cooper said.

A three-month investigation showed Carver authorized nine checks, totaling $36,041, between April 2003 and March 2004 to people who shouldn't have received any money. The money was taken from grants to the university from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Minority Biomedical Research Support and the Overcoming Racial Health Disparities programs.

Seven of the nine checks, totaling $15,341, were cashed, according to the audit. The other two checks were caught by internal financial controls and denied.

Investigators also reviewed Carver's university-issued credit card account and found various personal items charged to the card, in violation of university policy, according to the audit.

“If he's not fired, I really start to question the whole entire operation of this university,” Cooper said.

Natalia Farrer wrote the story about Carver for the Campus Echo. She said there should not be a rush to judgment.

“If you're accused of something as a professor, it shouldn't be 'OK, cut, bye.' It should be, 'You're gonna investigate further. We're gonna see what the truth is,'” Farrer said.

“I think it was a shock to a majority of our students,” NCCU student body president Tomasi Larry said. “I've had several dealings with Dr. Carver and he was a phenomenal, phenomenal administrator, very student-oriented, very student-friendly."

With Carver's reputation on the line, student leaders fear what that might mean for NCCU.

“I want people to understand that this was an individual who did this, not an entire university community,” Larry said.

University officials declined to comment Wednesday, saying this is a personnel issue.

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  • nshdoodah Feb 15, 2008

    Using tenure as an excuse to not terminate someone for criminal behavior is ridiculous. I think the other article said campus police was investigating. Financial crime should be investigated by financial professionals. Oh that's right they didn't listen to the internal auditor when improper use of the credit card was reported previously. Shouldn't be surprised now I guess.

  • whatusay Feb 14, 2008

    He can always run for Wilmington, NC Rep Wright's position when Wright goes to jail, or they can share the same cell. But, I would not want him teaching my son or daughter meanwhile.

  • kitelover110 Feb 14, 2008

    Heck - don't fire him or send him to prison - send him to the legislature with the rest of his kind.

  • Karmageddon Feb 14, 2008

    He gets caught stealing and keeps his job....what sort of message does this send to the kids in that college?

  • HappyGirl08 Feb 14, 2008

    You're darn tootin he should be fired! Embezzlement is a crime!!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 14, 2008

    I just wonder how many checks he wrote to his wife just to keep her peace. :) It is not these different universities that yruatwit mentioned, its the person that did the wrong. No sense in blaming the university for this man's wrong doing. But I am just like the students, why is this criminal still on campus plus still on the payroll. I believe at this time the public deserves an explanation. Someone observing the checks going through was not doing their job are was this person covering up. Then if so this person should be charge too, and not allowed on campus. There is always a trail when you use paper. Evidently he was too stupid and ignorant to realize that. Remove this man from the campus. He is a disgrace to the university, students, other faculty, community and his family. If he was smart he would resign.

  • Raptor06 Feb 14, 2008

    I support the students; he shouldn't be on campus during the investigation.

  • yruatwit Feb 14, 2008

    This situation is very unfortunate. Over the last several months, the media has regularly exposed what seems to be a culture of fraud that courses through the fabric of various educational institutions such as NCCU, NC A&T, Fayetteville State, Elizabeth City State, UNC Greensboro, Shaw, St. Augustine, UNC Pembroke and others (that I don't recall at the moment).

  • superman Feb 14, 2008

    Have they ever heard of leave without pay until the mess is sorted out. Surely, his presence at the college is a disgrace.

  • dko Feb 14, 2008

    All of this is just wrong!!!!!

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