Fmr. UNCW advisor officially named in UNC academic scandal
CHAPEL HILL, NC (WTVD) — In a court settlement with a coalition of other media organizations, UNC Chapel Hill Wednesday released the names of four employees who were terminated or retired in the wake of the Wainstein report on academic fraud at the school involving student athletes.
At a news conference in October where the Wainstein report was first made public, the school initially said nine employees had been fired or disciplined and honorary status had been removed from another. But Wednesday there was a clarification. The school said in addition to the four employees who left the school in October, six more employees are currently under review, and could face disciplinary action early next year.
The names of the six were not released pending the outcome of those reviews.
Media outlets have been pressing for the names since October citing open records law – and eventually filing a lawsuit to get them. UNC initially declined to name them saying disclosure wasn’t required until an employee had finished with the appeals process. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered all sides into mediation at a hearing earlier this month.
The names released Wednesday are:
Jeannette Boxill – who was former faculty chair, a senior lecturer in ethics, and an academic counselor for athletes at Chapel Hill. UNC said Boxill was told she would be terminated October 22, but she is seeking review of her proposed discharge before the University Faculty Hearings Committee.
Beth Bridger – who was the associate director of the academic support program for students before she transferred to UNC-Wilmington. She was fired by UNCW – also on October 22 – the day the Wainstein report was released.
Jaimie Lee – who was an academic counselor in the academic support program for student athletes. She was also given notice October 22.
Timothy McMillan – who was a senior lecturer and former associate chair for the Department of African American Studies. He resigned from university employment effective December 31, 2014.
UNC spent more than $3 million on the 130-page report compiled by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein and his team of investigators.