(Highland Heights, Ky.) - Mystery surrounds the firing of Northern Kentucky University’s athletic director.
NKU President Geoffrey Mearns announced the firing of Scott Eaton on Monday. Mearns said Eaton violated the school’s ethical rules and code of conduct.
“The allegations of his conduct were serious, it was persistent and totally unacceptable and that's the reason I separated him from the university community,” Mearns said.
The president did not offer specific details of what led to Eaton’s termination, but did say it is not likely that criminal charges will be filed.
In a letter to the NKU Board of Regents, Mearns said he learned of the allegations against Eaton on March 8. More information came to Mearns on March 11, at which time outside legal counsel was hired to conduct an independent investigation and Eaton was suspended.
The investigation is continuing.
Scott Eaton was in his fourth year as NKU's athletic director. He was a key player in the school's move to NCAA Division I athletics last year.
“On a personal note, I am disappointed by this development, but our university is a strong institution -- our strength derives from our collective commitment to integrity and to maintaining the highest levels of personal and professional conduct,” Mearns concluded.
Mearns has appointed Gerard St. Amand, the Vice President for University Advancement, as the acting NKU athletic director. A national search for a new AD will be conducted.