Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Edward Waters Leaders Share Past

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Edward Waters Leaders Share Past

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Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union

The new vice president for business and finance at Edward Waters College has long-standing ties with the man who once held his job, and with former President Jimmy Jenkins.

They all once worked together in North Carolina and all have left jobs following financial or management scandals.

The new chief financial officer, Roger McLean, worked with former CFO Dan Anekwu and Jenkins at Elizabeth City State University in the mid-1990s. Jenkins was chancellor of the school from 1983 to 1995, and McLean worked there from 1974 to 1996, most recently as vice chancellor for business and finance. Anekwu worked there from 1994 to 1999, according to college records.

Since then, all have held jobs at the Jacksonville private college.

McLean did not respond to a request for comment. Jenkins, reached on his cell phone, referred all comments to the Edward Waters Board of Trustees. Board Chairman McKinley Young declined to talk about McLean or Anekwu.

Jenkins resigned as Elizabeth City chancellor after several embarrassments under his watch, including the discovery of 10 university-owned television sets at his official residence.

State audits also showed the college awarded scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars without the money to pay for them and identified problems in other areas, including payroll, athletic ticket sales and preparation of financial statements.

Jenkins' replacement stripped McLean of his duties as manager of the campus police department, according to a local newspaper. McLean used the police force as a "virtual power base," according to the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City.

According to the paper, McLean ordered officers to stop writing tickets for 30 days after his wife received a parking ticket. …

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