HANOVER, N.H., June 11 (UPI) -- Charles S. Harris has withdrawn his acceptance of the offer to become the new Director of Athletics and Recreation at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
On Tuesday, after speaking with Dean of the College James A. Larimore, Harris notified Larimore that he had declined the offer.
"I have accepted Charles' decision to withdraw," said Larimore. "One of the chief considerations for both Charles and me was the fact that, after the conclusion of the search process, questions arose concerning his representation of his educational record to a previous employer. Charles decided that it would be difficult to accept this appointment under these circumstances. I very much regret, both for Charles' sake and for that of the College, that this is the case. He has compiled an outstanding professional record in 25 years as an athletic administrator and I believe he would have brought many strengths to the position of Director of Athletics and Recreation at Dartmouth. All of us at Dartmouth wish him the very best."
Harris had been named to the post June 6 after spending six years as the Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He previously the AD's posts at Arizona State and the University of Pennsylvania.
"I am terribly disappointed to learn of this development," said Dartmouth President James Wright. "I have had the privilege of working with Charles Harris through my involvement with the NCAA Board of Directors. I have found him to be an impressive, thoughtful colleague."
There have been several instances of resume fraud in the last few months.
Among them was that of George O'Leary, who left Georgia Tech as football coach to take a similar post at Notre Dame when it was discovered that he had embellished his educational background. Likewise for Sandra Baldwin, who resigned as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee under a similar cloud.