By Adeline Wilson—
Deborah Dietzler, U of L’s associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving, resigned Friday amid allegations of misuse of tax-payer dollars at her former position at the University of Georgia.
According to a report from WAVE-TV, an investigation by UGA revealed that Dietzler used her position to arrange for the university to pay for personal trips to run marathons.
U of L spokesman John Karman said, “[Dietzler] stated that remaining in this position would be a distraction and that she needed to focus on the issues at the University of Georgia.”
In response to initial reports of UGA’s investigation, U of L issued a statement claiming they had no knowledge of the allegations against Dietzler. U of L placed Dietzler on administrative leave three days prior to her resignation.
According to Karman, U of L hired Dietzler in 2014 after “a thorough national search process and a review of her background that included contacting references, colleagues and peers who all provided strong recommendations.”
Dietzler has worked at the University of Louisville—where she earns $185,000 a year—since UGA did not renew her contract in February 2014, reports the Courier-Journal.
In a Nov. 16 statement from her attorney, Andrew Coffman, Dietzler “strongly denie(d) any suggestion or claim that she intentionally violated any rule or policy at UGA.”
Josh Hawkins, chief operating officer for alumni affairs and annual giving, will take over the day-to-day operations of the office, said Karman. Hawkins, who holds a masters of public administration from Western Kentucky University, has worked at U of L since 2010.