Receipt shows NCCU Chancellor expensed treadmill

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Receipts obtained by WNCN News show North Carolina Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White bought an $1,800 treadmill, had it delivered to her home and expensed it to a university account.

Attorneys representing three former North Carolina Central University employees who filed discrimination lawsuits handed over the receipts to WNCN, following a public records request.

A receipt from December 6, 2013 shows Saunders-White purchased a Yowza Fitness treadmill on Amazon.com and then expensed to the NCCU foundation.

Other receipts show she purchased towels from a Raleigh Marshall’s store and Christmas decorations from Carolina Pottery and Dollar Tree.

Attorneys at The Noble Law firm in Chapel Hill said they also turned over the documents to State Auditor Beth Wood’s office for review.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this year in Durham County Superior Court, Kimberly Luse, Chancellor Debra Saunders-White’s former chief of staff, claimed she has knowledge Saunders-White used university money for personal meals, entertainment and home exercise equipment.

Two other former business school employees also sued the university as well as the UNC Board of Governors in federal court, claiming they were harassed, retaliated against and fired because they are not Black.

On Thursday, both NC Central University and the UNC Board of Governors declined to comment because it was part of pending litigation.

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