The campus newspaper, The Chart, broke the story today that newly hired accounting instructor Norman L. Katz pleaded guilty to embezzling $129,000. Naturally, the official contacted for the story would not offer any comment and probably was caught off guard.
The story does not mention if other applicants for the position also had criminal records or if Southern just managed to hire the only embezzler in the bunch.
Officials at Southern remained mum on the issue Thursday. Dr. AJ Anglin, vice president for academic affairs, said he had been made aware of a possible issue with a faculty member and declined further comment.
Dr. Beverly Block, interim dean of the school of business administration, said Thursday afternoon it was a personnel issue and that she was not at liberty to give any information.
When asked if she was aware of Katz's embezzlement conviction at the time he was hired, Block responded: "I can't give you that information."
She gave the same response when asked if he would still be teaching in the spring semester.
"I'm not sure when I can give you information or if I can give you information," she said.