Scott Eaton

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

A Campbell County judge has given Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton the maximum 10-year sentence he agreed to, for stealing more than $311,000 from the university. 

In court, Eaton said he was sorry to NKU, his family and friends for what he had done.  His attorney, Ben Dusing, says Eaton's apology was heartfelt:


Former Northern Kentucky University Athletic Director Scott Eaton pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Campbell County Circuit Court to stealing more than $311,000 from the school.  He's been ordered to repay the university and has agreed to serve the maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

Eaton was charged with theft by unlawful taking for diverting  university funds for his own use.  He was fired in March 2013 for having inappropriate relations with four university employees and a student. 


Investigators now have a better idea of how much money a former NKU Athletic Director allegedly stole.

Scott Eaton was fired in March for having inappropriate relationships with four university employees and a student. The university suspected he diverted school funds for personal reasons and had an accounting firm investigate.

Despite initially saying otherwise, Northern Kentucky University now says former Athletic Director Scott Eaton did improperly divert university funds for personal reasons.

Eaton was fired in March for having inappropriate relationships with four university employees and a student. 

Northern Kentucky University says fired athletic director Scott Eaton had inappropriate, intimate relationships with four university employees, including two women he supervised, and one student in a class he taught.

Click here to read a letter from University President Geoffrey Mearns to Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann.

NKU picks interim AD

Apr 1, 2013
Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University has named an interim athletic director as it continues its search for a replacement for Scott Eaton, who was fired last month.  Former Wright State University athletic director Michael Cusack will serve as the interim AD, starting April 15. 

Cusack retired in 2008, but since then has been teaching in the WSU Student Affairs in Higher Education Program and building the university's Sports Management Graduate Certificate Program. 

NKU let Eaton go, saying he had failed to comply with the university's ethical principles and code of conduct.

Northern Kentucky University has fired athletic director Scott Eaton.  University President Geoffrey Mearns said in a letter to the Board of Regents Monday that Eaton was terminated for failure to comply with NKU's ethical principles and code of conduct.  Mearns said the information he received required a swift and decisive response.  

Mearns laid out this timeline in his letter: