University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says he takes “full responsibility” for the botched hiring of Norwood Teague as the university’s athletic director. Teague resigned Aug. 7 after admitting he sexually harassed two administrators at a universityevent.
The hiring process came under more fire when other allegations against Teague surfaced. Kaler criticized Parker Executive Search, the firm tasked with vetting athletic director candidates, for missing a gender discrimination complaint against Teague at Virginia Commonwealth University, his former employer.
The firm’s attorney issued a statement claiming that the complaint only came to light after the U of M hired Teague.
Note: It’s not clear who was to blame—the university or the search firm—for failing to uncover complaints against Teague. However, the university moved quickly to rectify the situation when it came to light, allowing the search to begin again quickly.