The newspaper's lede on Thursday said that Farned “often failed to return messages sent by President Robert Kelley, keep regular office hours or manage his time well.” At one point, campus police were dispatched to find Farned.
The letter revealed by the newspaper had been written on April 3. Only much later in the article was it acknowledged that Farned received a positive performance review by UND's Ombuds Committee and that his contract subsequently was extended by two months.
A follow up article published Friday provided significantly more information favorable to Farned. The UND Ombuds explained that his problems with availability and time management show an even more pressing need for a full-time position.
“It had been a busy year,” he said. “I think the whole availability issue and not being able to get back to you and others, I think that more than anything shows the need for a full-time office.”
A packed schedule
Farned was paid $47,500 annually for working 20 hours a week, but he said he often worked much more than that.
“I purposely tried to keep it less than 40 so it didn’t feel like I was working a full-time job for half-time pay, but the busy months were 40-hour weeks,” he said.
According to his annual report that was sent to UND President Robert Kelley in early August, Farned met with 110 people in his time at UND and had more than 20 initial contacts in February, the most of any month.Farned also revealed that the University offered him a second extension, which he turned down because he didn’t want to work month-to-month. (Grand Forks Herald, Sept 11, 2014, Sept 13, 2014.)
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