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ECU dean resigns after travel expenses and extra income questioned by state

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The dean of the new dental school at
East Carolina University has resigned following a state auditor's
report questioning travel expenses and income earned from sources
outside the school.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard announced the resignation of Dr.
James R. Hupp on Tuesday. Ballard said Hupp will remain on the
faculty.

The report from the State Auditor's office said there had been
"extensive" travel by administrators during the startup for the
dental school, including trips to Kiawah Island, S.C., Destin,
Fla., and to Germany and Switzerland.

The school said Hupp had taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and did not
receive dual employment approval required by the UNC system.
Officials also said Hupp edited journals and did not report the
outside income to ECU.

Hupp couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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