Due to a typographical error, the salary of Lisle P. Carter Jr., president of the University of the District of Columbia, was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Post. Carter is paid $52,000 a year plus a $12,000 annual housing allowance.
As president of Federal City College and D.C. Teachers College last year. Wendell P. Russell had two offices and a staff of seven secretaries and assistants.
Almost six months ago the two colleges were merged with Washington Technical Institute and Lisle P. Carter Jr. was named president of the new University of the District of Columbia.
Russell had to leave his offices and give up his duties as president, as well as all his assistants. But, according to Carter, Russell is still being paid his old salary of $43,950 a year, even though he has very little to do.
"Dr. Russell is spending a year as a university professor," Carter said at a press conference yesterday," at the same salary (he was paid) before. I think he is preparing a seminar on urban higher education and doing research on a book about (university) consolidation."
Carter said Russell did not teach any classes last fall. The spring semester at the university began two weeks ago, but Carter said he didn't know when Russell's seminar would begin. It is not listed in any of the university class scherules.
Yesterday a reporter telephoned the office Russell had when he was president of D.C. Teachers College at about 1:15 p.m. A secretary said Russell had "left for the day." She said Russell had a small office down the hall, but came by his old office to check for messages.
One faculty member said Russell's new office "as small as a broom closet." It has a heavy metal door, painted light yellow with a peephole in the middle. Yesterday afternoon it was locked.
Russell's home has an unlisted telephone number, and he could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Ronald H. Brown, chairman of the university trustees, said his board last spring offered special, one-year positions as "university professors" to both Russell and Cleveland L. Dennard, the former president of Washington Technical Institute.
Dennard took a job as president of the University of Atlanta, but Russell has stayed here.
"We made the offer as a courtesy," Brown said yesterday, "because we thought these men shouldn't be held on a string without a job while the board was making a decision about who the president (of the university) would be. We thought it was a fair and decent thing to do for two individuals who had played major roles in the university."
Brown said Russell was no longer receiving the $7,200 annual housing allowance he was paid while serving as college president. He said the board never specified what Russell's duties would be as a university professor.
"He and tha new president would work out what his role would be," Brown said. "That's not something in which the board got involved."
Russell, 50, is an ordained Baptist minister who began a three-year contract as president of Federal City College on July l, 1974.Previously, he had served four years as president of Virginia State College in Petersburg.
Yesterday several faculty members at D.C. Teachers College said they have seldom seen Russell at his office there since last September.
One D.C. Teachers professor, who asked not to be named, said Russell told him at a Christmas party that he was "doing nothing."
"He said he would be happy to do something if they gave hime something to do," the professor said, "but his assistance was not wanted or needed. He's very much out to pasture.
Last spring Russell was at the center of a major controversy when he granted waivers for four students to graduate from D.C. Teachers College even though they had failed required courses in mathematics. Russell withdrew the waivers for two of encies" in their records, but the other two received diplomas. He refused to make any public comment about his decision.
"I think (Russell's) rather bitter about what happened to him," the faculty member added. "He said, 'I'm ruined in this town,' and he was very noncommittal about his future. There doesn't seem to be much in the offing."