Edinboro University officials announced on Tuesday, March 24, that Vice President of Advancement Tina Mengine will be returning to her post effective immediately following an exit from the position on Feb. 12.
At that time, WICU 12 News in Erie reported that Mengine had been placed on administrative leave.
When contacted at the time, Director Of Communications Jeffrey Hileman would not confirm or administrative leave, only stating Mengine was “currently out of the office.”
This week, a statement was sent out by Edinboro University President Julie Wollman to those of the university, stating, “Public employees generally, and those of Edinboro University specifically, are held to the highest standard of conduct. To ensure that employee performance conforms with the ideals to which this university aspires, it is sometimes necessary to conduct thorough reviews of their work. I am pleased to announce that following such a review, Vice President for University Advancement Tina Mengine has returned to her duties on a full-time basis effective immediately. As you all know, she has accomplished a great deal for the university, and it’s good to have her back.”
The reasons for her absence are still unknown, other than that it was a review initiated by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, after receiving a report of unidentified details.
“While this review took a substantial amount of time and unfortunately much speculation occurred, we remain legally bound not to discuss the details of the investigation,” President Wollman said. “We look forward to putting this issue behind us and moving forward.”
Vice President Mengine commented on her return in response to the announcement.
“I remained confident throughout the last several weeks that my work on behalf of the university would stand up to examination, and I understood that in public employment it is necessary to sometimes have a detailed review of important business matters. I’m grateful that the process was careful and thorough, and I’m excited to get back to work for a great school and a valuable local community asset.”
Meghan Findley is the managing editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at (814) 732-2266.