UPDATE: Former ECU Dental Dean Will Not Receive Salary

Dr. James Hupp, the former dean of the dental at East Carolina University will not be paid his full salary following his resignation.

ECU spokesman John Durham said Hupp will not receive his $350,000 salary because he violated his contract with the university.

According to Durham, Hupp held two positions outside the university that he was being paid for, but did not report to officials.

There is no word yet on how much of his salary Hupp will actually receive. Durham said Hupp will have to return money from his work at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as pay back ECU for travel expenses.

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Officials say ECU has accepted the resignation of dental school dean Dr. James Hupp amid concerns raise in a state audit.

The announcement from ECU comes just hours after a state audit of the dental school was released, citing questionable travel.

A state audit released today found "questionable travel" practices at the new school, this as the university announced this morning there would be a leadership change at the school.

Chancellor Steve Ballard says in addition to the audit there have been failures to comply with reporting requirements for income received by Hupp from a part-time teaching assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and from serving as the editor of a scholarly journal.

Hupp's salary was listed at $350,000 a year.

Just moments after the news conference was announced this morning, the North Carolina State Auditor's office released an audit on the School of Dental Medicine that found "questionable travel" practices related to the school.

Click on the document link above to read the audit.

According to state officials, "the results of our audit disclosed deficiencies in internal control and/or instances of noncompliance or other matters that are considered reportable."

The audit checked out salaries and benefits, gifts, capital improvement appropriation, equipment and software, construction costs and other expenditures, including travel, recruiting, moving, advertising and communication.

According to the NC Auditor's office, "we noted several concerns that related specifically to the travel reimbursements submitted by the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine. While there appears to be a business component to each of the trips listed below, we question whether the costs were all reasonable and necessary, and thus, whether they were appropriate uses of state funds."

The trips outlined in the audit include conferences in Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Destin, Florida, as well as trips to Switzerland and Germany to visit dental manufacturers and universities.

The audit recommended that ECU "should review the travel reimbursements noted above and determine whether non-State funds should be used to reimburse the state accounts for the costs. In addition, greater emphasis should be placed on ensuring that travel costs incurred meet the ongoing mission of the School of Dental Medicine."

The audit then reports "the university agrees. A thorough review of the travel reimbursements noted in the report has been conducted. Following this review, a determination has been made to use non-state funds to reimburse the state for the travel costs identified in the auditor’s report. All future travel will be scrutinized to ensure that travel costs are consistent with institutional missions."

News Release from East Carolina University:

"School of Dental Medicine dean steps down; will remain on faculty

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2011) - Dr. James R. Hupp, dean of the School of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University, has resigned from that position and plans to remain on the faculty of the school, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard announced today.

"We will name an interim dean as soon as possible to make sure that the dental school does not lose any momentum," Ballard said. "Our first 52 dental students are on campus now for orientation, and classes will begin next week. The new dental school building is on schedule for completion next year, and we are tremendously excited about the new model for dental education that is under way at ECU.

"ECU's hallmark is service, and our new dental school will undoubtedly mean more and better care for the residents of North Carolina, especially those living in rural and underserved regions of the state. The community service learning centers that we will open throughout these underserved areas will mark a new era in dental care for many North Carolinians."

Ballard noted that Hupp's resignation coincides with a state auditor's report that raises questions about travel by the dean. In addition, he said, there have been failures to comply with reporting requirements for income received by Hupp from a part-time teaching assignment at another university and from serving as the editor of a scholarly journal.

"We absolutely must address these reporting issues," Ballard said. "While we do that, the mission, the facilities, and the plans for the School of Dental Medicine are all intact and robust, and the school remains one of our proudest and most important initiatives."

Hupp said in submitting his resignation that he did not want to be a distraction to the school, Ballard said.

Hupp joined ECU as the first dean of the dental school in November 2008 after serving six years as dean of the dental school at the University of Mississippi. Ballard said he is appreciative of Hupp's work in successfully launching the dental school."

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