ONLY ON 3: UNCW Professor says chancellor search is a sham; University denies claim

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - Dr. Diane Levy, Professor of Sociology and Criminology at UNCW, claims the university's search for a new chancellor is all but over, and that the effort to appear transparent with websites and committees is for perception only.

Levy made those comments earlier this week at the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, where she's named as a co-defendant in a suit being brought against the university by Dr. Mike Adams.

She said the university was "trying to look transparent" regarding the search by setting up a website and committees, but they basically already know who they want. She said they expect to have an announcement by May and should start eliminating candidates in March.

We followed up with Dr. Levy today, and she denied saying those things, adding that she would have no way of knowing such information because she has nothing to do with the search committee. When asked if she was then saying the reporter who heard her say the comments made them up, she said, "No," but denied again that she said them. She says "the reporter misunderstood, perhaps."

Wendy Murphy, the chair of the search committee, told us that as of today there is no list of interested finalists. That list, she says, won't happen until the committee's first meeting next week.

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I am a current student at UNCW and has a professor on the search committee. I quote him directly that the process is, "cloak and dagger". Obviously, it is not transparent. The university sets up focus groups for students to provide input but that is about the limit of involvement. Where is more student involvement in this process? The university should be working to serve and educate the students rather than adding useless layers of directors and useless staff while increasing the student fees each year. We need finance reform!

A couple of quick clarifications. The appeals court case Levy attended had nothing to do with the alleged claim that she said the chancellor search was a sham. So the person suggesting that we check the court records is misinformed; the chancellor search would not have even come up in the legal proceedings. As such, the "perjury" charge is beyond silly. Also, I've known Levy for well over a decade. Even if she were on the search committee -- which she's not, so she could not form an opinion on the search, one way or the other -- she would never have said such a thing. She is a person of the highest integrity and discretion. I would not go so far as to say that the "reporter" that claimed Levy said such things was lying ("journalists" trying to make a reputation for themselves so as to move on to a bigger market would, of course, never do such a thing!); but, Levy's typically generous assessment that "the reporter misunderstood, perhaps" is as close to the truth as we're going to get, here. Those of you that commented that the problem here is journalistic integrity are on the mark.

Levy's problem is she says she was misunderstood. However, she can't really clarify what she meant. Something just smells stinky.

I hope she has tenure or other career opportunities.

In this day in age with all our educated citizens, are we really supposed to believe that the "good ol' boy system has somehow miraculously dissolved and that UNCW really doesn't know who they are going to pick??? COME ON....REALLY!?!?!?!? Please people, stop being naive.

Honestly, it would not surprise me that UNCW does this. There is a hellva a lot of the Good Ole Boy Network in this area. Corruption in this town is everywhere.

Check the court records. She was in appeals court, so if she said it it should be there. If she said it in court and it wasn't true, now she is guilty of perjury. This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Seems your headline should state "...ALLEGEDLY says the chancellor search is a shame". As written you have made readers believe it is factual - you don't know this yet and you don't get to the point where the statement is being denied and hasn't been validated until the last paragraph. Professional journalism? Have you heard of "innocent until proven guilty"?

...they are simply REPORTING the details of what, why, where and by whom. The readers all have cognizant decision making skills and can form their own opinion, thank you. This is the United States of America and that IS still allowed, remember? WWAY isn't "making" anyone believe anything.

Perhaps look up the word "journalism" to understand it's real meaning, not your interpreted version. It would also be of substantial benefit for you to research and understand the word "FREEDOM" as well! Would you by chance be a USSR or Chinese immigrant from a while back? I seriously doubt it my friend, but in either case you have a crapload of history to read and comprehend!

The lack of professional journalism today is yet another by-product of our system of almost higher education.