Smith said that he has been unable to find a job since his departure from Iowa State in 2010.
Kushner, who moved to the University of Michigan faculty in 2008, said he was never part of a conspiracy to “inflict any hardship” on Smith or force him out, but that it was his responsibility as an administrator to report safety concerns to police. He conceded that the poor relationship between Smith and Reinig, dating back years, “should have been mentored or counseled earlier.”
Dieterle, who is now at Northern Arizona University, declined to comment. A message left for Reinig wasn’t returned.