Investigation of student death closed

Athletic Director Wheeler Brown was fired effectively immediately, on Friday Ocrt. 15 as a the result of the death of Jospin “Andre” Milandu stated in a press conference from Chancellor Harold Martin.

As a result of the firing of Brown, Martin also sent a release to the university stating the closing of the internal investigation surrounding the death of Milandu.

The Special Assistant to the chancellor, Dr. Deborah Callaway, is to “assume administrative oversight” until a new director is found according to  Martin.

The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the autopsy of Milandu Thursday, Oct. 14 showing that he died from the result of “complications of sickle cell trait.” The student died at an unauthorized and unplanned tryout for a track team. There was no physical on file for Milandu.

According to the division I legislative council of the NCAA, the decision for the 2010-2011 academic year that all student-athletes must be tested for sickle cell trait, show  proof of a prior test or sign a waiver releasing institution liability.

“I have consistently stressed the importance of adherence to University policies, practices and procedures with all University administrators,” said Martin. “This has been reaffirmed throughout my tenure, and even more so since this tragic incident. I commit to you that I will take constructive steps to move our athletics program in a different direction.”

Chancellor Martin will immediately start a national search for a new director.


  • Nicole Jackson