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NCCC hosting public forums for new president candidates

Klyczek resigned following I-Team investigations
Posted at 12:06 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 18:30:44-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara County Community College is looking for public feedback on who will become its next leader.

Starting Tuesday, the community college will host public forums soliciting feedback on the four finalists for its presidency.

William Murabito, who has been the interim president since September 2017, is a finalist for the permanent job, even though he told the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team two years ago that he was not interested in staying at the helm long-term.

"No, no I'm here to set it up for the next person," he said then.

Murabito was put in charge following the resignation of former president James P. Klyczek, who resigned in April 2017 following two I-Team investigations into alleged bid-rigging and mishandling of sexual assault.

In those investigations, Klyczek was caught on tape blaming the alleged victim of a sexual assault on the NCCC campus.

“What is she stupid?" Klyczek said to a college employee, referring to the alleged victim. Click here to read Klyczek's extended comments in the 2017 I-Team investigation.

Previously, the I-Team obtained internal emails that suggested Klyczek was allegedly steering contracts worth millions for the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute to favored companies. Click here to read that investigative report.

It has taken NCCC more than two years to choose a new president. Click here for a schedule of the public forums.