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Mary Easley lawyers: NCSU disingenuous about grievance

Posted June 4, 2010

— Lawyers for former first lady Mary Easley on Friday fired back at North Carolina State University, saying the university wasn't being truthful about details of Easley's grievance over her firing last year.

Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement Thursday that the grievance had been dismissed on procedural grounds because Easley failed to respond to the university's request to schedule a grievance hearing and a meeting before the hearing.

Attorneys Wade Byrd and Luke Largess sent a letter to Randall Ramsey, a member of the N.C. State Board of Trustees, saying that Woodson's statement and information sent to Easley last week "completely distort the actual dispute regarding the grievance."

Easley worked as an executive-in-residence and senior lecturer at the university from 2005 until officials terminated her contract last June. They cited state budget cuts to programs she oversaw as the reason for the termination.

N.C. State doesn't have a grievance procedure for someone whose contract was terminated, Byrd and Largess wrote, and the process "cobbled together" by university officials doesn't meet due-process requirements.

University officials wouldn't allow Easley access to budgetary information and other details of her termination, the attorneys said.

"Mrs. Easley was not let go because of the budget, but she had to prove that fact without access to any evidence," they wrote in the letter.

Questions about her hiring and an 88 percent raise she received in 2008 led to the resignations last year of former Chancellor James Oblinger, former Provost Larry Nielsen and McQueen Campbell, who was chairman of N.C. State's Board of Trustees.

All three denied any wrongdoing, but a series of e-mails the university turned over to a federal grand jury show Campbell communicated with Gov. Mike Easley about a potential job at N.C. State for Mary Easley and then worked with Oblinger and Nielsen to fashion a job for her.

Her hiring and promotion are among the issues the grand jury is investigating regarding the former governor's dealings with friends and contributors while in office.


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  • wildcat Jun 8, 2010

    the university wasn't being truthful about details of Easley's grievance over her firing last year.

    Mary should just move on. You are not going to win this one, dear. So let it go. You husband got you into this, so get him. You both should be locked up for your criminal acts.

  • scraitup Jun 8, 2010

    She should be in jail!!!!!

  • GALNC Jun 8, 2010

    Hoping the Easley's still get whats coming to them and it is not more $$ from NC State. What a waste of a salary for a made-up job. To sue for something never earned...thats just stupid. Go buy some more 100.00 cheeseburgers. If NC State is smart,...check her expense records...considering how the expenses were reported for Overseas Trips...I am sure there is something there has well......

  • readerman Jun 4, 2010

    She would do better to leave well enough alone.

  • BE Jun 4, 2010

    Other than her lawyers who are out to make money on this, two people in NC care about Mary Easley...she and her husband. Both of them should county their lucky stars that they are not in jail.

  • whatusay Jun 4, 2010

    What else would a lawyer say??? If Mary Easley wins he gets paid...

  • davidgnews Jun 4, 2010

    Taxpayers: Mary Easley disingenuous about "public service"

  • rand321 Jun 4, 2010

    She should be lucky on several counts to have them drop it without one --sueing her for improper influence to get high pay and 2--criminal charges fro defrauding the taxpayers!

    both her and her husband should go to prison.

  • goode88 Jun 4, 2010

    BS! That's all it is!

  • BigUNCFan Jun 4, 2010

    I have to wonder if the money she spent on lawyers is more than the money she potentially could get from NCSU. Seems to me with this high powered team of lawyers, you could blow through 100K pretty quickly.

    Besides, don't the Easley's have bigger things to worry about like going to jail possibly.