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Suspended College President Speaks About Pending Investigation

Posted October 18, 2005 9:11 a.m. EDT

— A suspended community college president said Tuesday that he should have been involved in the on-going investigation against him that is centered on allegations about his behavior as president, missing college money and breaking state laws.

"In order to ensure a full and accurate investigation, I need to be involved in the process," Ted Gasper said. "And I should have been involved with the process from the outset of this special committee's investigation, but again, have not been questioned by them to date."

Hundreds of pages of allegations accuse, Gasper, the embattled suspended president of Halifax Community College, of verbally abusing his staff and requiring them to shred important documents to protect Gasper.

Most of the public criticism against Gasper came from former employees; instructors filed complaints over their sudden dismissal or cancellation of courses, which left students in a bind.

"(Students) were so worried about whether or not they could graduate," said interior design instructor Mary Tillery. "It's been a great concern for the students. They are the ones who have really suffered the most."

Gasper, who is barred from Halifax Community College during his suspension, admitted the turmoil at the college had its affect on students and morale. He just hopes he gets his version on record before the investigation is complete.

The North Carolina Office of the State Auditor investigated the school, but has not yet released its findings to the public.