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Under pressure, Murdock resigns from Eblen Charities post, A-B Tech board
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 22:53

From Staff Reports

The executive director of Asheville’s Eblen Charities announced recently his immediate departure from his post after a 47-year-old woman told the news media that he sexually abused her when she was his teenage student 

Bill Murdock, 63, made the decision to retire from Eblen Charities on March 21, according to a statement issued by the Eblen board. He led the organization, one of Western North Carolina’s largest non-profits, since its beginning nearly three decades ago.

Murdock also resigned from the board of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College on March 22.

“He was charged with a felony sex crime in 1988 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor,” CNN reported. “He maintains he is innocent and says he took the plea deal on the advice of his lawyer, who cited the high cost of a defense and said he couldn’t guarantee an acquittal.”

In the aftermath, Eblen’s Charities posted on its website the following statement:

 

“The staff of Eblen Charities would like to thank those who have expressed their commitment to the work of the organization during the recent difficult days.

“Our organization was founded to support those in need in our community. For almost 30 years, Eblen Charities has provided assistance to our neighbors in need during some of the worst times of their lives. We accomplish this with a small staff, an army of volunteers, and this community’s support and involvement.

“Whether you have purchased a pumpkin or a BOOster, donated a coat or school supplies, distributed turkeys, donated toys at Christmas, attended an auction, played golf, walked in our 10k, or volunteered your time and expertise-- you have been a vital part of the work of Eblen Charities. We hope you are as proud of your efforts and engagement as we are of the work we are doing.

“We, the staff, remain committed to helping people-- children, the elderly, families and individuals through the difficulties they face that are no fault of their own and with many of the things we often take for granted. The list is almost endless. Medications, lights, heat, water, shelter, clothing, food, and school supplies are just the basics.

“We are grateful for your past support and present concern. We look forward to your ongoing involvement-- this continued engagement will allow us to fulfill our mission for our neighbors today, tomorrow, and each day after.

“We have scheduled upcoming events and would greatly appreciate your support and participation....”


 



 


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