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Gardner-Webb University has removed O. Max Gardner III from its Board of Trustees. Fellow board members kicked him off for allegedly making threats and other misconduct, Queen City News reported.
Gardner-Webb University is named for former North Carolina governor O. Max Gardner and his wife, Fay Webb-Gardner—grandparents of the since-removed trustee, who shares a name with the former governor—who devoted time and resources to the Baptist university in the 1940s.
Gardner III has been accused of threatening to shoot a contractor and university tenant; threatening the university president and other employees; and “engaging in a relentless campaign of lies and innuendo designed to unfairly attack, threaten, defame and undermine the university, President [Kim] Downs, fellow trustees, and others who work tirelessly to serve students and the university’s Christian Mission,” according to a university spokesperson.
Gardner III did not respond to a request for comment from Inside Higher Ed.