Marvin Schiller, Mary Easley's lawyer, said today that Easley won't resign from her post at N.C. State University.
At a press conference this morning, Schiller, a Raleigh attorney, said she received the job "on her merits" and read letters of performance for Easley.
Easley smiled at Schiller's side while he read letters, but did not speak.
"You are a great ambassador for N.C. State in so many ways," Schiller read from one letter written by Larry Nielson, former N.C. State provost, who resigned over Easley's hiring.
"Mary Easley plans to continue to make outstanding contributions to North Carolina State University and North Carolina," he said.
Mary Easley has been urged to resign by Erskine Bowles, president of the UNC system, N.C. State Chancellor James Oblinger and Hannah Gage, chairwoman of the UNC Board of Governors. They all said she should leave for the good of the university.