Daily Egyptian: SIU Opens Ethics Probe into Hiring of Chancellor's Family Members

Feb 1, 2018

The Daily Egyptian says SIU's Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics has opened two investigations related to the hirings of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law.

The decision by SIU President Randy Dunn comes after the Daily Egyptian Tuesday reported the hiring of Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Jeffrey Germain, into university jobs created for them that documents show they never formally applied for and that were never advertised.

Dunn said Montemagno made his intentions to hire family clear as soon as contract discussions began in June. But, the SIU president said the assumption on his part was that while there was an agreement to allow for the hiring of family members, he thought it would involve a typical search process, but that apparently was not the case.

The probe reportedly also includes searches involving previous colleagues of Montemagno. Dunn said there was no verbal agreement or discussion about Montemagno bringing on previous coworkers.