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Friday, June 4, 2010

KU staff members conducting review of equipment loan

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Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has appointed two university staffers to review KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins’ free use of rehabilitation equipment in his home, use that has led Perkins to report that he had been blackmailed by a former employee. Perkins also recently paid $5,000 to cover the fair rental value of the equipment, which he had returned last year.

The matter also has been forwarded to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission for review.

KU staffers looking into the matter:

• Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty support since 2006. Hummert, who received a doctorate in communications studies in 1987 from Kansas University, started work at KU as an instructor in 1987 and today is a professor of communication studies.

As vice provost, Hummert develops programs to help new faculty prepare for the promotion and tenure process, and trains department chairs for administrative duties on the Lawrence campus, where she is an ex-officio member of the Conflict of Interest Committee. Hummert served on the Kansas University Athletic Corporation Advisory Board from 2003 to 2005.

• Allen Humphrey, manager for employee relations and equal opportunity in KU’s Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, where he serves as a resource for employee and labor relations. He also interprets policies and assists with personnel actions for university support staff, and develops and presents training to include legal compliance. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in personnel administration, both from KU. Before going to work on campus in 2007, Humphrey served as chief of Bureau of Personnel Services for the Kansas Department of Transportation and, before that, as director of human relations for the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Gray-Little said Wednesday that she expected their review to be complete within 10 working days, which would be before Gray-Little reports to the Kansas Board of Regents on June 23 and 24 in Topeka.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 8 months ago

This "review" should be the end of the matter for Perkins. He'll be exonerated or castigated and that will be there. Dr. Gray-Little will be under the microscope and all eyes will be on her.

Aligned 9 years, 8 months ago

Have you noticed how reports of Perkins’ acceptance of the equipment is always reported as a “loan”, in a matter-of-fact manner. It seems to me that the transaction became a “loan” only after he began to be blackmailed about the issue by Dent. Actually, it appears that all of Perkins’ actions to remedy the situation came only after someone threatened to go public with the details. It seems there are many who may be overlooking this key distinction.

Bill Kackley 9 years, 8 months ago

I thought he had already returned the equipment before anything came up about it.

Gavin Fritton 9 years, 8 months ago

It seems to me that there is a bogger issue than whether Lew Perkins accepted something for free. Yes, that would be bad and, as has been reported, would probably be a violation of some Kansas ethics rules. But the real issue, to me, seems to be whether there was a quid pro quo for tickets or improved seating in exchange for the exercise equipment. THAT would be a big deal, I think.

Joel Hood 9 years, 8 months ago

FWIW - I am very confident that both Dr. Hummert & Mr. Humphrey will give an honest assessment of Lew's actions. Both are KU alums and take pride in KU's reputation. They are not likely to give anyone a pass on ethics violations.

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