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Jordan picked to lead N.C. State board

Posted May 20, 2009

— North Carolina State University trustees on Wednesday picked former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan as their new chairman.

Jordan succeeds McQueen Campbell, who resigned last week amid questions about his role in the university's hiring of former Gov. Mike Easley's wife.

Campbell denied playing a part in Mary Easley obtaining a high-paying job at N.C. State four years ago, but he said his departure was in the best interests of the university.

Campbell was the second high-ranking N.C. State official to resign in two days over questions about Mary Easley's job. Provost Larry Nielsen, who hired her, also stepped down.

On Tuesday, federal investigators subpoenaed Mary Easley's employment records back to 2002. The subpoenas order Oblinger, Nielsen and the university's custodian of records to appear before a federal grand jury Thursday morning.

The grand jury also is investigating Mike Easley's dealings with friends and contributors while he was governor.

Mary Easley began working as a part-time instructor at N.C. State in 2002. Since 2005, she has served as an executive-in-residence and senior lecturer, developing a speakers program and teaching a graduate course in public administration and courses in the Administrative Officers Management Program, which provides leadership training to law enforcement officers.

Last year, she received an 88 percent pay increase, to $170,000 a year. Nielsen and other N.C. State officials defended the move, saying she had taken on additional duties, such as directing pre-law services at the university and serving as a liaison to area law firms and law schools at other universities as she developed a dual degree program.

Campbell and Nielsen have denied any wrongdoing in her hiring and promotion.

Jordan, who owns a lumber business in Montgomery County, served as lieutenant governor from 1984 to 1988 and spent eight years in the state Senate before that. He will serve out the rest of Campbell's term, which ends July 14.

Cassius Williams, an insurance agent from Greenville, was named vice chairman of the Board of Trustees. He is a former president of N.C. State's Alumni Association.

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  • vote4changeASAP May 21, 12:24 p.m.

    I could vomit.

  • james27613 May 20, 7:29 p.m.

    Who at NCSU requested and approved Mrs. E raise ????

    Rules in place were not followed and she still has her job.

    NCSU must terminate that employment contract because the

    rules were not followed.

  • MarcoPolo May 20, 7:25 p.m.

    Let me guess...a democrat. Tell me NC isn't corrupt.

  • are you kidding me May 20, 6:50 p.m.

    Jeez, do they get these guys from the same pool?

  • Sauratownmtn May 20, 6:38 p.m.

    I just read on News & Observer website that Bob Jordan only accepted the job until someone else could be elected. NC State has to have someone in place right now and he accepted it over the telephone.He owns a lumber company in Montgomery County so maybe he can furnish the lumber for a new house for Easley...What do you all think???? Great PERK!!!

  • demo7691 May 20, 6:30 p.m.

    Maybe he will hire some of Purdues friends and pay them over $200,000 a year. Oh she has already done that for a position that wasnt needed and the people voted someone in to handle this as well.

  • affirmativediversity May 20, 6:11 p.m.

    Great, another high powered, good ole boy DEMOCRAT to lead the UNC Board!

    What do these people take us for?

  • john283594 May 20, 6:09 p.m.

    Good old Bob Jordan, he was the first person I ever campaigned for...

  • the JETHROSEXUAL May 20, 3:52 p.m.

    Yeah, but the Queen resigns only to move right into another cushy state job. Shameful, just shameful

  • imtiredofit May 20, 3:32 p.m.

    yellow_hat: Keep watching the news, the Easley house of cards is crumbling more and more each day. I don't see where this is a minor investigation. Only time will tell...

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