During Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Vice Chancellor for University Development David Routh reported on donations to the University in the aftermath of the report, released nearly one month ago by independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein.
“I can tell you there was definitely development activity going on in the past month, but it’s also been a little unusual, if you know what I mean,” he said.
Donations given as of Sept. 19, 2014 were 34 percent higher than Sept. 19, 2013. On Nov. 14, 2014, in contrast, donations were only 6 percent higher than they had been on Nov. 14, 2013.
“When we talked about the numbers the last time, we were talking about that top line that was up 34 percent. Trustee (Don) Curtis made me promise we’d be able to hold onto that until the end of the year, and I told him I wasn’t sure we would,” he said.
He said the latest numbers, released Wednesday, show the 2013-14 contrast improving to 9 percent from 6 percent.
The development office carefully tracks the reasons people give for not making donations during nightly fundraising calls. Routh said only about 5 percent have cited Wainstein as their reason in the past three weeks.
Faculty chairman Bruce Cairns called the findings of the Wainstein report unacceptable and said he was disappointed in the faculty implicated in the report.
“As faculty, we let down our students, our University and the people of the state of North Carolina,” Cairns said. “We are sorry.”