Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, who was accused by a student earlier this year of sexual harassment, will remain employed by Virginia Commonwealth University for another year.
The university renewed Wilder’s contract as an adjunct professor, which was set to expire June 30 at the end of VCU’s fiscal year, a VCU spokesman said.
Wilder was accused of sexual harassment at the end of March by a VCU student who worked with the first elected black governor at the school bearing his name. The student said Wilder kissed her without her consent.
VCU declined to comment on the accusations when they were first reported by The Washington Post.
“In accordance with state and federal laws we seek to protect the privacy of students and employees,” said university spokeswoman Pam Lepley. “Therefore we do not disclose information about university investigations including whether or not an investigation is underway.”
Wilder did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment Tuesday.
He makes $150,000 as a part-time professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, according to a copy of his 2017-18 contract. His contract allowed him to teach up to 24 credit hours over the course of the year.
No classes are listed as being taught by Wilder in the university’s online fall schedule of classes. His faculty profile page lists him as teaching “Public Policy Challenges in Virginia and the Nation” and giving guest lectures.
Last year his contract was renewed while Wilder sued top VCU officials, including President Michael Rao, over racial and sexual discrimination accusations against the former dean of the Wilder School. That lawsuit has since been dropped.