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SBD/May 30, 2013/Colleges
Rutgers Paid $70,000 To Search Firm For Background Check On Julie Hermann
Published May 30, 2013
SCARLET LETTERS: In N.Y., Steve Eder reports selection committee co-Chairs Kate Sweeney and Dick Edwards "wrote an e-mail Tuesday to the other committee members to defuse growing criticism of Hermann’s selection." They wrote, "You all had the opportunity to examine Julie’s credentials, to spend some time with her when she was on campus, and to provide us with your thoughts regarding her candidacy as Rutgers’s next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/30). Also in N.Y., O'Keeffe, Red, Armstrong & Vinton report some "critics of the school's selection process are calling for the return" of Pernetti. New Jersey State Sen. and RU alumnus Raymond Lesniak said, "You fix this by asking Julie Hermann to go back to her job at Louisville and bring back Tim Pernetti." Lesniak said Pernetti was "the 'scapegoat' for the school's inadequate policies regarding abusive behavior" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/30).
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS: In Newark, Mike Vorkunov reported the "latest incident has done little to bring finality to what has been a looming question" for High Point Solutions co-Founder Tom Mendiburu. His company pays $6.5M per year for RU's football stadium naming rights, and the question is "whether the company will try to get out of its contract." Mendiburu has "yet to meet President Robert Barchi during his nine month tenure." He also has "yet to speak with Hermann nor was he at all consulted" during the search to hire her. Mendiburu said, "I love the university. I love the people there. There's obviously some people at the top that need to be addressed. I'm hopeful that things will be addressed and we can move forward" (NJ.com, 5/29).