Former NC State Chancellor To See Grand Jury

The former chancellor of North Carolina State University is set to appear before a federal grand jury that's seeking details about former first lady Mary Easley's employment there.

Former Chancellor Jim Oblinger was subpoenaed last month, with federal investigators requesting access to all documents related to
Easley's hiring and benefits. Oblinger's attorney, Press Millen, said the chancellor has been asked to appear Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in Raleigh.

Oblinger resigned last week as the university released e-mails showing that he had played a role in Easley's hiring. He said he did not recall his contribution until reading the e-mails and said the hiring involved no impropriety.

University trustees voted to fire Easley the day Oblinger resigned.

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  • by elvisisindenial on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    Mr. Oblinger did not have the guts to resign. He was running for his life, trying to hide in the hopes that he would not be called to a grand jury hearing in which he might be scrutinized for his possible part in the hiring fiasco. out of sight , out of mind, you know! But alas, it was not to be.
  • by Sam on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    As much as I can't stand N.C. State at least from an athletic standpoint, I have tremendous respect for N.C. State from a political standpoint and say that they made a good move by firing this guy, and also what is the latest with Lee Fowler, AD for N.C. State? I heard it was some kind of scandal going on with him but don't know what it is exactly about.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    Time to fess up to your wrong doings! Chancellor you screwed up, probably from political applied or imagined! At least you had the guts to resign!!!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:22 AM
    If nothing else, this may keep this kind of thing from being "business as usual". This whole thing was just a blatant insult to university and state employees who were laid off or had to take a pay cut, kids that has their tuition increased. You would think someone would have stood up and stopped this hiring before it became the scandal it did.
  • by Carolyn Location: Ayden on Jun 17, 2009 at 02:38 AM
    It is about time some investigation gets underway regarding M. Easley. In a time when all money counts, it was foolish for NC to pay $180,000 per year to hire someone to schedule speakers. I bet if the truth is known, a very smart administrative assistant was actually doing the work! I salute the NC State Board for the firing = should have been sooner - hiring should have never happened.

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