Tricoli hires law firm, alleges fraud and is fired

By David Schick

Dr. Anthony Tricoli will no longer be an employee with the University System of Georgia after June 30, 2012, according to documents obtained by the Collegian through the Georgia Open Records Act.

“I advised Dr. Tricoli that his contract for the current year would be honored through the remainder of the fiscal year and during that time he would be on administrative leave. His employment with the University System of Georgia will end on June 30, 2012,” wrote Chancellor Hank Huckaby in an email on May 10, the day after Rob Watts was appointed GPC’s interim president.

Huckaby also stated that during a meeting with Tricoli on the morning of May 10 at the USG, Tricoli “alleged deliberate fraudulent behavior by key financial personnel at GPC.” In response, Huckaby notified the criminal division of the Attorney General’s office.

After the decision to end Tricoli’s employment, the Chancellor was contacted by J. Matthew Maguire Jr., from the law offices of Parks, Chesin & Walbert, stating that he was representing Tricoli “in connection with his removal as President from Georgia Perimeter College and termination of his employment.” Maguire asked Huckaby to “not make any public statement about Dr. Tricoli’s termination until we have a chance to discuss with you.”

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