Fmr NCSU Chancellor to Head NC Research Institute
The former chancellor of NC State University has accepted a job leading the centerpiece institute of the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis. James L. Oblinger had been chancellor of NC State for a little over four years when he resigned in the summer of 2009 during a scandal. While at NC State, Oblinger came under scrutiny for his role in the hiring of then-governor Mike Easley's wife in a highly-paid university position. Oblinger denied any wrongdoing but said he was stepping down to avoid further distraction for the university. He will now take over as President of the David H. Murdock Research Institute which is the premiere component of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. Oblinger has both practical and administrative experience in food science and agriculture research. The Murdock Institute has struggled financially. It was founded by Dole Food Chairman David Murdock in 2006. The institute's most recent president stepped aside in June of this year.