Two faculty organizations at the University of the District of Columbia yesterday called for "full disclosure of all records of the university" in response to reports about President Robert L. Green's expenditures for consultants, travel, catering and furnishings at his UDC-owned residence.
The joint statement by the Faculty Senate and UDC Faculty Association came a day after Gilbert Maddox, spokesman for the university, was quoted in news reports saying that Green's administration had been "overwhelmed with nothing but affirmations of support from faculty, students and the total university community."
George Zachariah, a UDC philosophy professor who heads the Faculty Association, said yesterday, "I don't know where he got that idea from. We have suspended our judgment awaiting full disclosure. We are concerned that the president has not met with the faculty leadership."
Maddox declined to comment on the faculty statement until he has had time to study it but said his quote was misinterpreted.
"My quote was that, in fact, the president had met with a group of faculty persons, some department chairmen, and in that meeting that group provided substantive support," Maddox said. He did not identify those faculty members.
A draft report by D.C. Auditor Otis H. Troupe earlier this month concluded that Green, 51, had misspent at least $14,000 of UDC funds on consulting fees, travel and flowers for personal use.
The Washington Post reported last month that Green had spent $80,000 on catering since becoming president in September 1983, and had billed the university for at least 32 trips, including travel to attend two funerals and a wedding.
In their statement, the faculty organizations said, "There is widespread concern among faculty regarding the continued reports in the press which reflect negatively on the administrative effectiveness of the university . . . . Our unique position as the District of Columbia's only institution of public higher education carries with it the responsibility to be unreservedly open and forthcoming with the community we serve.
"Given the information presented in the Washington Post and the Washington Times, it is our opinion that an open and full disclosure of all records of the university is a responsible course of action and would best serve the public interest."
The Washington Post has filed suit in D.C. Superior Court to obtain records of two university funds to which Green had access: the President's Representation Fund, which is a $15,000 annual account to cover Green's expenses while representing the university, and the Post-Secondary Education Account, an $800,000 general fund that is a source of money for the representation account.
UDC provided partial records in response to requests made by the newspaper in May under the Freedom of Information Act. In June, The Post sued for release of the complete records.
Ronald A. Brown, chairman of the UDC board of trustees, yesterday acknowledged the concern of the faculty organizations but said their comments would not likely influence the board.
"We are extremely concerned about the financial integrity of the institution and the perception thereof," he said. "When we have completed our review, if any action is needed we will take it. I doubt very much we will be influenced by outside events."
Brown said the board is preparing a response to two of the audit reports that were issued in draft form by Troupe. The university, he said, has until the end of the month to review charges and respond to them.