Robert L. Green, the former president of the University of the District of Columbia, denied during the weekend that he charged the university for expenses after leaving office in August and said a report in The Washington Post that he billed UDC for meals at the University Club was "untrue."
The Post reported Saturday that a top UDC official had confirmed that the university had received invoices for expenses incurred by Green after his resignation and that some involved meals at the University Club. Acting UDC President Claude A. Ford said those invoices "were sent to Dr. Green for his personal disposition," according to John H. Britton, acting associate vice president for university relations.
Britton said yesterday that he had just learned that the confusion over the bills may have arisen because "there is a possibility that the University Club, apparently arbitrarily, merged" Green's personal account with the university's account at the club. Britton said that the bills received by the university may therefore have included some bills that the University Club should have sent directly to Green. He said it was possible that Green's bills went to the university without Green knowing it.
"They lied," Green said in a telephone conversation late Saturday. "They university officials never sent me a piece of paper. They never sent me a bill. You're making me look like a thief. It's just not fair."
Green said he has not charged UDC for any expense since resigning under pressure Aug. 23 after disclosures that he had used UDC funds for personal items, including travel, consulting fees and household goods.
"What have I done to deserve this?" Green said. "I haven't done anything involving UDC funds since Aug. 23. I'm not greedy."
Green said he has maintained a personal account at the club since leaving the university and has dined there several times, including once with his wife. "I put them all on my account," he said.
Green, who moved out of the university-owned residence last week, said he had demanded that the university conduct an inventory when he moved to protect himself from accusations such as these. "I made them count every spoon, every knife in there," he said. He said he and his wife Lettie left behind some items they had purchased with their own money.
A D.C. City Council Education Committee hearing on UDC is scheduled for today, and a committee staff member said that UDC officials would be asked whether the university has paid for any expenditures by Green since his departure from the university.