The attorney for fired Dickinson State president Richard McCallum is questioning the timing of an investigation into the school's athletic department.
Attorney Ben Thomas, of Fargo, said Thursday he finds it curious that North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz ordered a preliminary review of DSU athletics shortly after McCollum was let go over allegations of inflated enrollment numbers at the college.
"Dr. McCallum was asked to resign over a minor, relatively inconsequential, enrollment reporting error," Thomas said. "Now, a new investigation has been initiated. That raises the question of whether the new investigation is an attempt to find justification for a firing that, on its face, seems unjustified."
A spokeswoman for Goetz said the chancellor is on annual leave and unavailable for comment. Pat Seaworth, staff attorney for the university system, said the inquiry into athletics is the result of recent complaints to the chancellor's office.