Report: Search firm returns fees collected in hiring of ECU chancellor
GREENVILLE, Pitt County —
A search firm that has been involved in helping six University of North Carolina school systems find senior administrators has returned its $110,000 fee after it was criticized for the work done in finding East Carolina University its current chancellor.
A report in BusinessNC.com said Witt/Kieffer returned its fee after "UNC System officials criticized the consultants' work over disputed past salary data." The UNC System was not happy with the work done in looking for a new ECU chancellor. It hired Cecil Staton as the next chancellor on April 27, 2016. The report also states System President Margaret Spellings saying "there was clear agreement that WK’s performance on this search did not meet our expectations in terms of communications with the search consultant — having nothing to do at all with ECU’s Chancellor or the other candidates in the search.”
The BusinessNC.com report said three sources familiar with the matter told it the matter involved inaccurate salary information from Staton's previous posts in Georgia, including when he was interim president at Valdosta State University, a position he held for two years before being named ECU chancellor.