Western Carolina University officials acknowledged this week that the Gannett Foundation helped Gannett CEO Craig Dubow and his wife, Denise, establish a scholarship at the university in their name—with no credit to Gannett, and off-limits to most Gannett employees’ children, according to a post on Jim Hopkins’ Gannett Blog.
Officials disclosed the foundation’s role only after Hopkins filed an open-records request, according to the post. Hopkins says the scholarships were only available to Dubow and a few other Gannett executives. “There’s nothing illegal here,” says Hopkins. “But Dubow’s actions, combined with the foundation’s refusal to fully disclose them, show how brazenly Gannett pampers the top brass—even as it slashed thousands of jobs, froze the pension plan, and imposed other harsh steps to restore prosperity.”
Xpress reported on Hopkins’ allegations earlier in Tight-lips evoke raised eyebrows: What’s up with Gannett Foundation’s $40K gift to WCU?