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Buncombe schools rescind Murdoch media center honor
Thursday, 02 May 2019 15:43

From Staff Reports 

Buncombe County Schools recently reversed its decision to name a school library in honor of former Eblen Charities director Bill Murdock, Asheville’s WLOS-TV News 13 reported on April 8.

In December of 2018, Community High School in Swannanoa announced that it would name its new media center after Murdock. It was dedicated in his honor nearly five months ago.

However, Murdock retired voluntarily — but reportedly under pressure — on March 22 as the director of Eblen Charities following news coverage of his 31-year-old sexual offense against a teenage girl when he was a Buncombe school teacher.

In the aftermath, the school system — in an April 5 statement — said that, considering the revelations, the dedication in Murdock’s name has been formally rescinded.

“We would like to inform you that it is the decision of the Community High School Improvement Team that, considering recent media revelations, the Media Center dedication to Mr. Bill Murdock be formally rescinded and that the Media Center remain unnamed,” the statement noted.

“We remain extremely appreciative of the ongoing support of Eblen Charities and accept Mr. Murdock’s voluntary rescission.”

Further, the statement asserted, “To be clear, the media center name decision was based on Mr. Murdock’s role as an author of several books and Eblen Charities’ positive impact on the community under his leadership.”

Superintendent Tony Baldwin and the Board of Education supported the removal of Murdock’s name,” WLOS reported.

Murdock’s retirement from Eblen was announced after his accuser, Shelley Love Baldwin, came forward with sexual abuse allegations she says occurred during her freshman year of high school. 

A investigation also raised questions about the authenticity of awards and educational background Murdock has previously claimed.


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