BOARD CHAIR: Mary Easley Is An "Ongoing Distraction" To NC State

The newly named chairman of N.C. State's board of trustees says Mary Easley is an "ongoing distraction" for NC State. Bob Jordan called on the former first lady to reconsider her decision and leave the university.

Less than two hours earlier the former first lady stood by her attorney as he told reporters that Easley got her job promotion at NC State on her own accord and would not resign.

Raleigh attorney Marvin Schiller said in a news conference that Easley's contract was thoroughly reviewed by both the NC State Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors.

The university provost and chairman of the board of trustees resigned after questions arose about her appointment to a job that pays $170,000 a year for five years. She runs a speakers series and a public safety center.

Federal prosecutors have requested details of Easley's employment history. Meanwhile, a federal probe is ongoing into possible perks received by former Gov. Mike Easley before and during his consecutive four-year terms.

Schiller told reporters that Mary Easley has not been subpoenaed and as far as he knows is not a target of any investigation.

Republicans quickly called on Governor Beverly Perdue to step in the controversy. Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger renewed his call for Easley to resign.

"It is time for Gov. Perdue to stop ‘watching’ and act to bring this regrettable incident of political favoritism to a close. If Gov. Perdue cannot prevail upon her fellow Democrats to do the honorable thing, it will become necessary to eliminate state taxpayer funding for Mary Easley’s position,” the Rockingham Republican said in a news release.

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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    Didn't NC State (along with the other universities) announce a few weeks ago that it needed to cut positions to balance its budget? Well, here's a position.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    We are being surrounded by polital arrogance all the way to the highest office.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 22, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    If Mary Easley refuses to resign, then FIRE HER. Let someone with less money get that overpaid position. She and her hubby already have millions of illegal dollars, now she will be an official embarrasment to N.C. State. Jim, with you lliving in Raleigh, I would have to guess that you know more than me about what REALLY goes on in Raleigh. To Greg of Greenville, from what you just mentioned, I would love for that to happen. To Barlow, you are right about Mike Easley having abused his position as governor. I begin to beleive that Easley is no more different than that Rod Blagvoievich(however you spell his last name) former governor of Illinois. The difference is that the former Illinois governor I bet was on the wrong side of politics at the wrong time. Easley will probably be a lot more luckier. Also, Bev is already abusing her position as well.
  • by TKB Location: Pink Hill, NC on May 22, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Mary I hope you are happy. Because of your raise my job at NCSU will end effective June 30 due to lack of funds.
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on May 22, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    The pay raise she received last year made me sick. She doesn't deserve it. I agree, why would you fight to stay in a place where most people do not want you?
  • by Out of work on May 22, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Save Mary's job!
  • by Fred Location: Raleigh on May 22, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    Their are people of character and then their are the Easleys
  • by wondering.. Location: Greenville on May 21, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    I wonder how some of the very hard working accomplished proffessors at State feel about her salary and this issue. All you have to do is visit the NCSU website front page to see the caliber of math and science acomplishments on behalf of the students and faculty. Are they getting paid this much for their break-through research in health and technology, things that actually benifit the world? I expect more of State and hate to see it follow the mentality of rewarding the attention getting name instead of the intellectual accomplishments of its very fine faculty.
  • by Susan Location: Washington,NC on May 21, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    Obviously she has learned how to steal taxpayer funds from her husband,the worst Governor this State has ever had...both of them are nothing but thieves disguised as do-gooders. The sooner she leaves the better off NC State will be....
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 21, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    I agree with ace.
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