"Associate Vice Chancellor Paul Mason – who was over the University Relations Department and had the UNCG 3 fired and arrested – announced his resignation effective Feb. 6. Mason was hired in April of last year, and 10 of the 16 university relations employees he supervised are gone.
Three – Chris English, David Wilson and Lyda Carpen – were not only fired, but Mason had them arrested for improperly filling out timesheets. The cases were dismissed by the court with English and Wilson agreeing to reimburse the university for a week’s salary each for time they improperly recorded on their timesheets. The judge in the case did everything but apologize. Carpen’s case was dismissed without any discussion at all. There was no time for apologies.
Mason is in charge of public relations for the university. From a public relations standpoint he created a firestorm of bad publicity out of something that could have been handled with a couple of private conversations with his employees. UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady has also announced her retirement.
Carpen’s attorney, Seth Cohen of Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, said that Carpen would be reinstated and would be working at UNCG long after Brady had gone, and it appears that has a good chance of coming true."