Naturally, University President Bruce Speck, citing that all-purpose refuge for scoundrels, personnel, says he cannot discuss anything about Katz' departure:
University President Bruce Speck acknowledged Tuesday night that Norman Katz had resigned “effective immediately.” Speck said he could not disclose the reasons behind Katz’s resignation on personnel grounds.Speck is using the crutch of "personnel" in what will prove to be an unsuccessful attempt to avoid another huge public embarrassment for the university.
Speck also was not yet disclosing whether the university would still have to pay Katz any money even though he will not be teaching on campus next semester and will no longer be teaching an online course this semester. Documents obtained Tuesday by the Globe show that the university and Katz earlier this year had inked a contract worth about $78,000 over a period of more than a year and a half. That was separate from a contract to pay Katz $1,800 this semester to teach an online accounting course.
“I don’t know where that ties into all this” yet, Speck said in reference to questions about money.
Many of the salient questions from last week, chiefly what happened and how it happened, still remain unanswered since reports that Katz had been hired to teach at Southern despite his felony conviction. Neither Speck nor A.J. Anglin, the university’s vice president for academic affairs, would comment Tuesday on Katz specifically or on the circumstances surrounding his hiring, again saying personnel matters were involved.
And so, the legacy of Dwight Douglas continues to grow.