UWS music prof resigns tenured postA University of Wisconsin-Superior professor whose decades-old conviction in Utah for attempted child sexual abuse came to light in August, triggering an investigation and a decision by UWS Chancellor Renee Wachter to begin dismissal procedures, will resign.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A University of Wisconsin-Superior professor whose decades-old conviction in Utah for attempted child sexual abuse came to light in August, triggering an investigation and a decision by UWS Chancellor Renee Wachter to begin dismissal procedures, will resign.
According to a university statement released Friday, Matthew Faerber, director of choral activities and a professor of vocal music education, will voluntarily resign his tenured faculty position under terms of a separation agreement.
“We believe that this is a fair and reasonable resolution to a difficult situation, which serves the best interests of students and the entire UW-Superior community,” Wachter said in the prepared statement.
Faerber was hired as a faculty member in the music department in August 1998. UW System implemented mandatory criminal background checks for all new employees in December 2007. The university and UW System received information about Faerber’s past criminal charges and conviction Aug. 23. According to UWS spokeswoman Lynne Williams, someone anonymously called system legal with information about the conviction.
Faerber was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 28. Retired Judge Edward Brunner was retained to conduct an independent investigation, which concluded with a report to Wachter on Sept. 30.
After reviewing all available information about the matter, Wachter moved to seek Faerber’s dismissal, placing him on unpaid leave as of Oct. 9. A faculty committee hearing was scheduled for Oct. 21, but was cancelled.
According to a 1991 story in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Faerber, who was formerly choir director at Murray High School in Utah, was charged with sexual improprieties involving two 13-year-old music students. He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child, third-degree felonies, and was sentenced to six months in jail.