Tami Hansbrough’s ties to North Carolina are a matter of public record. She had a son, Tyler, who attended the school and played for the basketball program, and she herself has personally worked there since 2008.
So why would a woman with so many connections to a particular institution suddenly be placed on administrative leave by that very same institution?
Well, according to News & Observer, it’s because she and North Carolina’s former chief fundraiser, Matt Kupec, took multiple trips on the school’s dime that weren’t actually for school-related activities. Kupec, who played quarterback at North Carolina in the 1970s, resigned from his post this past weekend.
Via News & Observer:
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Thorp said Tami Hansbrough, a major gifts officer who earns $95,000 annually, has been placed on administrative leave as that investigation continues. Kupec declined to be interviewed Monday night but released a statement confirming the resignation. He did not provide details but thanked the university for his time there. Hansbrough could not be reached.
The personnel changes give another twist to Hansbrough’s unusual work history at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was originally hired on Dec. 8, 2008, as a fundraiser for the foundation that serves UNC-CH’s dental school.
At the time, her son Tyler, a senior, was beginning his final season on the basketball team, a season that would bring the university a national championship. Tyler Hansbrough was named an All-America and now plays in the NBA.
Thorp confirmed that a dental foundation audit later found that during that championship run, Tami Hansbrough had been traveling to cities in which Tyler Hansbrough was playing basketball. But Thorp said those foundation-paid trips were legitimate because she was raising money for the university, and UNC fans traveling to those games would have been good candidates to make donations.
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Obviously it’s way too early to render a judgment on this matter but, man, North Carolina has been getting hit by accusations of impropriety with amazing frequency over the past couple of months. You’ll recall, the school is also currently neck deep in an academic investigation regarding African-American studies courses that student-athletes took and may or may not have gotten preferential treatment in.
Clearly two different situations, however, both speak to a lack of institutional control that really should get addressed no matter what happens with either case.
(Kudos News & Observer)
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