bill murdock

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Reverberations will continue to be felt in Asheville and Buncombe County's educational and non-profit institutions following the renewed attention given to retiring Eblen Charities CEO Bill Murdock's 1988 guilty plea to a misdemeanor sex crime with a minor.  UNC Asheville and A-B Tech were the first to be in the spotlight, but the Buncombe County and Asheville City school systems continue to face questions about Murdock, who was hired by the city school system after his guilty plea, and was appointed to the A-B Tech Board of Trustees in 2016 at the recommendation of the county school system.

UPDATE: Friday 3:00 p.m. - The board of directors for Eblen Charities announced Friday morning that Bill Murdock will retire from his position as CEO.  Later Friday afternoon, Murdock also resigned his seat on the board of trustees for A-B Tech.  The decisions come just days after a CNN report that featured the first interview with victim of sexual abuse that Murdock plead guilty to in 1988.