(11/02/2001)
By Bob Weaver

Glenville State College library head Ed Messenger has resigned after at least one recording device was discovered above a ceiling tile in the school's library. The device was discovered by Messenger's administrative assistant Eileen Dixon, who called authorities when a tile was reportedly about to fall on her head. The college would not confirm if more than one device was found.

College President Thomas Powell said he had no idea why Dixon was being recorded. She is a 10-year veteran of the school and Messenger has been at Glenville for 16 years. Chief of Public Safety for GSC Phillip Huff, said the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been made. "It is a pretty serious matter," he said. "If the evidence warrants, it will be presented to the Grand Jury."

The college has four certified police officers, said Huff, and " We have full police powers." Both Powell and Huff said using such recording devices was a violation of the law.

"Until we have the facts, we're sharing as much as we can," said Rosemary Thomas, Vice President for College Advancement. Thomas told The Hur Herald "We know something was found in the library and the librarian has resigned," referring to Messenger.

"I took some immediate action. The man's resigned," said GSC President Thomas Powell. "He hasn't been charged with anything." Powell said the college wants to make sure its employees are treated with dignity and respect. "The college won't tolerate stuff like that," he said.

Administrator Thomas said the question is "Where did the recording devices come from, what needs to be done about them, their placement, and what was recorded.

Messenger's resignation is effective on November 15, during which time he has been placed on special assignments. Messenger said "I'm not going to make any comments for the press."


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