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Former ECU Chancellor Muse to Retire, Skip Teaching Plans

Posted December 31, 2003 7:57 a.m. EST

— The former chancellor at East Carolina University says he'll retire rather than take a teaching job in ECU's business college.

An ECU spokesman said William Muse notified university officials he'll retire effective Thursday.

That's a change in plans from September, when he resigned for what he said were health concerns. He later said he was forced out by University of North Carolina System president Molly Broad, who denied asking for his resignation.

Muse's resignation followed two critical internal audits and concerns that his wife grew too friendly with a former campus housing official who pleaded guilty this year to embezzlement.

Muse also questioned if he overstepped his bounds by advocating for East Carolina to become the 12th member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and by trying to drum up legislative support for a cardiovascular center at the Greenville campus.