June 10, 2009

Name that party

N.C. State fires Mary Easley is the headline at the local WRAL.com website.

The North Carolina State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to terminate the contract of former first lady Mary Easley.

Easley has resisted calls in recent weeks to step down from her $170,000-a-year job at N.C. State, despite a growing controversy that claimed the jobs of three top university officials.

Last year, she received an 88 percent pay increase when she signed a five-year contract. N.C. State officials defended the move, saying she had taken on additional duties, such as directing pre-law services at the university and serving as a liaison to area law firms and law schools at other universities as she developed a dual degree program.

Provost Larry Nielsen and McQueen Campbell, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, resigned last month amid questions over their roles in Mary Easley's hiring. Chancellor James Oblinger submitted his resignation Monday after officials questioned the lucrative payout he negotiated with Nielsen as he transitioned into a faculty position.

Mary is the wife of former gov. Mike Easley. Oh, that's right -- he's a Democrat. Which you wouldn't know from this article, natch!

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