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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC: (Jun-29-07) William Swart, East Carolina University's (ECU) former provost, filed a civil suit against the university over lost wages. The lawsuit, filed in September 2004, claimed that ECU breached Swart's contract by not paying his original salary for at least one full semester to allow for him to prepare for the transition to faculty, nine-elevenths of his provost salary as a tenured faculty member or his monthly housing allowance until he closed on the sale of his home in Virginia, where he lived while employed by Old Dominion University before coming to ECU.

In a settlement reached, a judge ruled that ECU failed to follow salary requirements set out by his contract when he was reassigned from the No. 2 post at the university to a tenured faculty position in the College of Business in 2003. He ordered that ECU pay Swart more than $200,000. In total, Swart will receive about $207,235, the difference in his provost and faculty salaries paid to him between October 2003 and June 30, 2007. In July, he will begin receiving $174,064 annual salary. Swart will also receive a retooling period during the fall 2008 semester where he will be paid what he would have made as provost during the transitional semester. [DAILY REFLECTOR: PROVOST SALARY]

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Published on Jul-2-07


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