KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The former North Carolina State University chancellor unseated for his role in hiring former Gov. Mike Easley's wife is back to leading a research institution.
James Oblinger takes over Tuesday as president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute in Kannapolis. The institute is the centerpiece of the North Carolina Research Campus, which searches for discoveries into the links between nutrition and disease.
Oblinger is a former food science professor who has had a research role at NCSU's Kannapolis research campus for nearly two years.
Oblinger resigned as head of NCSU in 2009 amid questions over his role in the hiring of former first lady Mary Easley, a controversy that also led the provost and trustee chairman to resign