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University of Mary Washington fires president over DUI charges

April 30th, 2007 11:36 pm by Associated Press



RICHMOND - The University of Mary Washington fired its president Monday after he was charged in two separate incidents with driving under the influence.


William J. Frawley, 53, was placed on paid leave April 12, after being charged the previous two days with DUI in Fredericksburg and Fairfax.


The school's board of visitors said in a five-line statement it was in the university's best interest that Frawley be terminated, effective immediately.


The 12-member board of the small liberal arts school in Fredericksburg met for nearly five hours before coming to the unanimous decision, school spokeswoman Teresa Mannix said. It was the third meeting where the board discussed Frawley's status since he was charged.


"The whole thing was just a bit of a shock that it happened," Mannix said. "I think the university is ready to move on from this."


Frawley was not at the meeting but Mannix said the board informed his lawyer of its decision before issuing the statement, which was e-mailed to the school's nearly 5,000 students and 1,000 employees.


A telephone listing for Frawley could not be found. Frawley flipped his car in Fairfax April 10 and left Inova Fairfax Hospital the next morning against medical advice, police said. A warrant was issued charging him with driving under the influence. Frawley was arrested in Fredericksburg the next day after a witness reported seeing him driving in a car missing the right front tire and police attempted to pull him over. Frawley didn't stop until he reached his home, where he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and refusal to take a Breathalyzer test, police said. After the Fredericksburg arrest, Frawley was taken to Mary Washington Hospital, where he stayed about a week, Mannix said. Frawley faces court appearances in May and July. Frawley was named the school's seventh president in July. He came to Mary Washington from George Washington University, where he was dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. He also worked for 23 years at the University of Delaware. Because the board terminated Frawley's contract "with cause," he will not receive additional compensation. Frawley had an annual salary of $305,000, lived in a university-owned home and drove a vehicle provided by the school's foundation, Mannix said. Richard V. Hurley, the university's vice president for administration, was named acting president when Frawley went on leave. Hurley will continue in that position until a new president is named, Mannix said. The board will discuss replacing Frawley at its meeting in July, Mannix said. AP-ES-04-30-07 1947EDT

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