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N.C. State holds forums in chancellor search

Posted August 26, 2009 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2009 7:01 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina State University held open forums Wednesday to discuss the search for a new chancellor.

University officials held a series of forums for faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public. The search committee wanted ideas to guide the selection of a candidate.

"We just want their decisions to be very open and very honest, I think, so that hopefully those kinds of problems we don't have to deal with that again," said Trisha Moore, vice president of the Graduate Student Association.

Former Chancellor James Oblinger resigned in June as the university released e-mails showing he and former Gov. Mike Easley played a role in the hiring of former first lady Mary Easley.

Federal investigators have issued several subpoenas for information about Mary Easley's job and Mike Easley's travel.

Jim Woodward, the former chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is serving as N.C. State's interim chancellor.

N.C. State officials said it could take up to a year to hire a new chancellor.