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ECU Trustees Chair: Harry Smith lied

(WITN)
Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 7:17 PM EDT
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The Chairman of the ECU Board of Trustees says that Harry Smith, Chairman of the statewide Board of Governors, lied about his role in the ouster of Chancellor Cecil Staton.

Harry Smith told WITN and other media outlets Monday afternoon that he had nothing to do with Chancellor Staton's forced resignation.

ECU Trustee's Chairman Kieran Shanahan discussed the issue with Henry Hinton on Talk of the Town Tuesday morning, and says Smith did play a role and threatened consequences for those who supported the chancellor.

Shanahan says, "Harry Smith is not telling the truth. I can say that I read the same letter that you did from his fellow board member. I had a front row seat to all of this, and he has been micro managing and directing singularly the effort to undermine Cecil Staton. I've had direct conversations with him that, and other board members have as well, that if we did not remove Cecil our funding would be cut, and that's somewhat happened and that people who supported Cecil would be removed."

Chancellor Staton announced his resignation Monday and said that he did not initiate the process of him leaving.

Hinton was on the Board of the Governors and Shanahan was on the Board of Trustees when Staton was hired.