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Holland Gives ECU $25,000 Check

Posted December 5, 2007

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— East Carolina University athletics director Terry Holland gave the school a check for $25,000 on Wednesday in response to a recent audit concerning the employment of his brother, the school announced.

“There is no doubt that this incident has created a great deal of embarrassment for ECU and for many good individuals who care about the university and who also care about me,” Holland wrote in a letter to Chancellor Steve Ballard.

A school auditor said a $25,000 aid package to a Holland family member was "inappropriate" and amounted to special treatment when compared with other students working in the department.

Holland's 51-year-old brother, Gregg, is a business student at ECU. The audit said no specific policies were violated but called the aid an "inappropriate expenditure."

The school, according to the audit, has asked Judith Bailey, senior executive director of enrollment management, to review ECU policies on student aid and to develop procedures "for the appropriate and consistent awarding of aid to students."

Bailey could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Terry Holland, in a statement Wednesday, said, “Immediately after meeting with the auditors in September, in addition to ending the employment agreement, I made a commitment to increase my Circle of Excellence gift from $50,000 to $75,000 to insure that the athletic department was not disadvantaged in any way by the agreement that had just been terminated. I am enclosing a check for $25,000 to ECU — instead of the Circle of Excellence — to fulfill that commitment.”

Gregg Holland, who began receiving financial assistance from the athletics department in the fall semester of 2006 and who worked part-time for the department, had been awarded a total of $16,639.19 for tuition, fees, books, room and board. His brother canceled the award, effective Sept. 30.

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  • Sopranos Justice Dec 6, 2007

    "If this is a hanging offense, then lets get on with hanging all the students who were accepted at a particular university because of their family connections, as well as their influential family members, and university officials who greased the skids."

    Amen to That!

  • ghwhitaker1_old Dec 6, 2007

    The gist of the concern is that Holland's brother received special treatment because of his family connection. If this is a hanging offense, then lets get on with hanging all the students who were accepted at a particular university because of their family connections, as well as their influential family members, and university officials who greased the skids.

  • Sopranos Justice Dec 6, 2007

    Just for the record...no laws or policies were broken, therefore no crime to be caught in. The audit brought attention to something that smelled wrong, Holland admitted it a while ago, and now he is trying to make it right, in his mind.

    But nobody cares about ECU, so what's the big deal?

    :)

  • BrittPNC Dec 6, 2007

    i know its 'they were' or 'were they' not 'they was' or 'was they', i just be wandering?

  • BrittPNC Dec 6, 2007

    is it 'was important' or 'were important'?

  • TruthBKnown Dec 6, 2007

    Is it just me, or does this similar to someone who takes money, and then offers to pay it back once they got caught?

  • davidgnews Dec 6, 2007

    Sadly, just writing a check doesn't make the situation 'smell' any better.

    Holland needs to confront this situation honestly and proactively now instead of thinking a repayment will just make it go away.

  • puryeardl Dec 6, 2007

    Terry Holland must be fired. sad, sad. :(

  • Sopranos Justice Dec 6, 2007

    well...we are the "Pirates"...

  • TruthBKnown Dec 6, 2007

    ARGGGGHHHHHH!!!

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