Kevin Guskiewicz, new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
on the behalf of a request from the athletic department.
Michael Waddell, the former football player, was admitted to the graduate program in fall 2003, but he failed many of his classes and was expelled after the football season ended.
“Four months later, we now look foolish,” Guskiewicz wrote in 2004 to former athletic department official John Blanchard, who made the request to get Waddell into the graduate program.
Guskiewicz told The Daily Tar Heel in the spring that he has no issues with how the graduate program’s admissions were conducted.
“I am highly confident that our department’s admissions committee has always carefully considered every admissions case before making a recommendation to the Graduate School,” he said in his statement, which was given to The Daily Tar Heel through Rick White, a UNC spokesperson.
Summers said the search committee did discuss these events, but they didn’t affect his candidacy because the committee decided Guskiewicz wasn’t directly involved.
“He acted with the utmost integrity throughout that entire process,” Summers said.
Summers praised Guskiewicz’s ethics and said his experience with UNC’s athletic-academic scandal and the resulting reforms might help him in his new position.
“I think he would be willing and dedicated to making sure that that’s a waterproof system,” Summers said.
“It is light years beyond where it once was, and I am really, really excited about Kevin being able to step in and take over in that regard, given his background and knowledge of what is being called the athletic-academic scandal.”
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