Last week's sudden resignation of the University of Minnesota's top technology executive came at the request of the U of M's president and followed misconduct complaints against Scott Studham, news reports indicate.
University documents released Friday show that from May through August of this year, four complaints were filed against the former Vice-President of Information Technology, the Star Tribune reports, including claims that he used university money for personal expenses and hired friends for jobs that were never publicly posted.
Studham disputed the complaints in written rebuttals he submitted to the university, the newspaper says. In a statement to the Associated Press, he said the complaints were based on rumors, misunderstandings, or honest mistakes.
FOX 9 reports the university dismissed some complaints as unsubstantiated and had not launched a full investigation of the claims that were still open.
U of M President Eric Kaler said in a statement that the complaints were not why he requested Studham's resignation, adding "“My decision centered on the culture in his unit and his relationship with his peers," FOX says.
Triathlon training and startup?
Studham's Sep. 4 resignation was effective immediately and came less than a month after athletics director Norwood Teague quit in the wake of sexual harassment complaints.
The university said last week the two resignations were unrelated, but there was no explanation of Studham's departure.
Studham said last week he and his wife plan to start an education technology business but added that his immediate focus is on training for an Ironman triathlon in October.
In a Friday email to the Star Tribune, Studham explained his resignation by describing his education technology project, adding: “And, as I’ve noted — mostly humorously but with an element of truth — so that I can train for an October triathlon where I’ll need every edge I can get,” the newspaper reports.