BANGOR, Maine — The former athletic director at the University of Maine at Augusta will receive $30,000 to settle his lawsuit over the way he was fired last year.
Warren Newton of Orrington sued the University of Maine System, Interim University of Maine at Augusta President Glenn Cummings, University of Maine at Augusta Dean of Students Kathleen Dexter and University of Maine at Augusta Executive Director of Administrative Services Sheri Stevens in February in U.S. District Court claiming that he was denied due process.
Newton was fired on May 23, 2015, for “untruthfulness and deception” from his $88,000-per-year job, according to the complaint. He was cleared of allegations that he violated the university’s consenting relationship guidelines but was told that a report had raised “other serious concerns about your behaviors which must be addressed.” Warren claimed he was never told what those concerns were.
Details of that allegation were not included in court documents.
As part of the settlement agreement, dated Friday, University of Maine at Augusta officials admitted no wrongdoing. The 18-page document was released Wednesday by James Thelen, the system’s general counsel, because it is subject to the state’s Freedom of Access Act, he said.
Newton and his attorney, Naomi Cohen of Rockland, agreed to a confidentiality clause. If Newton were to violate the agreement, he would have to return half of the settlement.
The former athletic director also agreed not to seek employment in the future at the University of Maine at Augusta or any facility owned by the system.