Is This a Look Inside Robert Felner’s Circle?

Everywhere you turn these days there’s a story about Robert Felner, the now-infamous former Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. The federal investigation surrounding Felner’s shady dealings and decades-long tenure of questionable behavior at various institutions has rocked the world of higher education.

Throughout the past three months we have written nearly 80 stories about the ordeal and many thousands of comments have been left on this website from those who are in-the-know. We have learned all kinds of interesting information about Felner and his past. And we have uncovered potential scandal at the highest levels of the University’s administration.

But the question lingering in the minds of many we speak with on a regular basis at UofL is, “What’s the deal with Felner’s girlfriends and how do they play into all of this?” A good question, indeed.

Many current and former faculty members within the College of Education and Human Development have reported that Felner had several girlfriends and younger women he was close with– people he’d brought into the CEHD. One of those individuals is Natalie Siglitz, director of the Office of Civic Education and Engagement at CEHD.

There’s tons of speculation about Stiglitz and her relationship with Felner. And after filing an open records request at UofL for Stiglitz’s University-paid telephone records, we’re left with nothing but burning questions and healthy suspense.

Read the juicy details of communication involving Sheldon Berman, the Governor’s office and Felner’s attorney after the jump…

Key dates to keep in mind: 06/19 was the Friday Felner’s UofL office was raided, 06/23 was the Monday I broke the story and provided the first details of the Felner investigation.

Throughout the month of June Stiglitz communicated on a regular basis with Glenn Manns with the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative, one of the organizations involved with Anne Northup’s No Child Left Behind Center grant. According to more than one reporter we have spoken with (we shared the records we obtained with media), Manns is refusing to provide comment.

Check the timing of calls and text messages. Things really picked up around the time of the raid and Felner’s planned departure from UofL.

04/25 – 12:10PM – 12min
04/25 – 12:23PM – 1min
04/30 – 6:49PM – Text Message
06/05 – 1:50PM – 8min
06/05 – 2:13PM – 1min
06/12 – 4:03PM – 2min
06/12 – 4:06PM – 1min
06/12 – 4:06PM – 9min
06/18 – 5:5PM – 2min
06/18 – 6:00PM – 13min
06/20 – 6:20PM – 2min
06/21 – 3:57PM – Text Message
06/21 – 5:36PM – 1min
06/21 – 5:37PM – 1min
06/22 – 2:54AM – Text Message
06/23 – 3:02PM – 1min
06/23 – 3:18PM – 4min
06/23 – 8:49PM – Text Message
06/23 – 8:55PM – Text Message
06/23 – 8:56PM – Text Message
06/24 – 11:16AM – Text Message
06/24 – 11:34AM – Text Message
06/24 – 11:34AM – Text Message

It’s obvious that Stiglitz would need to communicate with Manns regarding the NCLB grant. But late night text messages on the weekend?

Quite possibly the most interesting piece of this puzzle is that Stiglitz communicated with Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools Sheldon H. Berman as regularly as she spoke with her alleged boyfriend, Robert Felner.

Really odd times of communication, sometimes in the wee hours of the weekend morning. Many times calls from Berman would take place moments after speaking with Felner.

04/25 – 10:02PM – 2min
06/01 – 6:04PM – 2min
06/02 – 3:15PM – 19min
06/02 – 3:54PM – 25min
06/02 – 10:39PM – 1min
06/03 – 8:41PM – 2min
06/03 – 9:49PM – 6min
06/04 – 10:19PM – 1min
06/04 – 10:21PM – 35min
06/05 – 10:14PM – 21min
06/06 – 1:09PM – 5min
06/06 – 6:27PM – 4min
06/06 – 6:30PM – 2min
06/06 – 6:32PM – 1min
06/06 – 6:36PM – 2min
06/06 – 6:45PM – 1min
06/06 – 7:38PM – 2min
06/07 – 2:52PM – 3min
06/07 – 4:40PM – 4min
06/07 – 5:20PM – 2min
06/09 – 5:33PM – 7min
06/09 – 9:25PM – 3min
06/10 – 7:00PM – 10min
06/11 – 9:09PM – 7min
06/11 – 10:02PM – 1min
06/12 – 3:34PM – 3min – Berman’s Office
06/14 – 1:06AM – 23min
06/14 – 11:32AM – 3min
06/14 – 12:59PM – 1min
06/16 – 11:30AM – 2min
06/16 – 12:47PM – 2min
06/16 – 3:52PM – 1min – Berman’s Office
06/16 – 3:52PM – 1min – Berman’s Office
06/16 – 8:39PM – 2min
06/17 – 2:51PM – 2min
06/17 – 8:10PM – 5min
06/17 – 10:26PM – 1min
06/18 – 6:37PM – 3min
06/18 – 9:19PM – 2min
06/20 – 7:29PM – 5min
06/20 – 7:34PM – 1min
06/20 – 7:34PM – 10min
06/20 – 7:45PM – 1min
06/22 – 10:05PM – 20min
06/24 – 12:13AM – 1min
06/24 – 8:58PM – 1min
06/25 – 2:34PM – 6min
06/25 – 6:43PM – 5min
06/25 – 8:46PM – 2min
06/25 – 9:17PM – 2min
06/25 – 9:43PM – 1min

Interesting – Stiglitz would call her family in Kansas City, then a number from Providence, RI that identified “Robert” on the voicemail greeting, then she’d get calls from Sheldon Berman shortly after. At late night hours.

A 20+ minute conversation after 1:00 A.M. on a Friday night?

A call requesting comment from JCPS has not been returned.

On the day of the UofL raid, Stiglitz called Felner’s attorney, Scott Cox, four different times within a 30-minute time frame.

06/20 – 6:42PM – 2min
06/20 – 6:43PM – 3min
06/20 – 7:11PM – 1min
06/20 – 7:14PM – 1min

The majority of Stiglitz’s communication was with a cell phone that had a Providence, RI telephone number. It is now disconnected, but the voicemail greeting was that of a male identifying himself as “Robert.” The voice sounded exactly like Felner’s.

04/25 – 9:34PM – 2min
05/07 – 12:41PM – Text Message
06/01 – 6:06PM – 2min
06/01 – 11:06PM – 26min
06/02 – 10:11PM – 6min
06/03 – 8:50AM – 3min
06/03 – 5:02PM – 2min
06/03 – 5:15PM – 1min
06/03 – 9:09PM – 6min
06/03 – 9:55PM – 2min
06/04 – 8:16AM – 7min
06/05 – 9:42PM – 10min
06/06 – 4:36PM – 1min
06/06 – 5:51PM – 6min
06/06 – 5:58PM – 10min
06/06 – 6:17PM – 6min
06/06 – 6:33PM – 4min
06/07 – 1:53PM – 2min
06/07 – 4:29PM – 11min
06/08 – 5:57PM – 8min
06/09 – 8:11AM – 2min
06/09 – 6:29PM – 1min
06/09 – 6:34PM – 1min
06/10 – 2:25PM – 6min
06/10 – 4:35PM – 8min
06/10 – 5:57PM – 3min
06/11 – 9:43PM – 4min
06/12 – 5:48PM – 2min
06/12 – 6:56PM – 1min
06/13 – 8:11AM – 6min
06/13 – 3:05PM – 7min
06/13 – 3:54PM – 1min
06/13 – 4:02PM – 8min
06/15 – 9:01PM – 2min
06/15 – 9:09PM – 25min
06/16 – 8:21AM – 2min
06/16 – 8:25AM – 8min
06/16 – 9:01AM – 3min
06/16 – 12:50PM – 4min
06/17 – 4:32PM – 4min
06/17 – 8:14PM – 2min
06/17 – 8:45PM – 1min
06/18 – 8:27PM – 5min
06/19 – 11:14AM – 1min
06/19 – 11:15AM – 4min
06/19 – 4:04PM – 2min
06/19 – 4:07PM – 1min
06/19 – 6:23PM – 3min
06/19 – 11:08PM – 3min
06/20 – 12:20PM – 1min

Those calls mysteriously stopped on the 20th, the day of the UofL raid. But calls to and from Felner’s other telephone number started that same evening:

06/20 – 8:34PM – 3min
06/21 – 1:09PM – 1min
06/21 – 1:10PM – 5min
06/21 – 2:18PM – 10min
06/21 – 2:46PM – 3min
06/21 – 4:07PM – 3min
06/21 – 5:38PM – 3min
06/22 – 12:55PM – 4min
06/23 – 10:25PM – 18min
06/25 – 5:03PM – 7min
06/25 – 7:10PM – 1min
06/25 – 7:12PM – 4min

There’s no way to know what Felner and Stiglitz discussed on their numerous telephone calls. But it begs the questions: Was Natalie Stiglitz involved? What did she know and when did she know it?

A couple other contacts with persons of note:

On 06/20 at 7:57PM Stiglitz had a 6-minute conversation with Ann Larson, vice dean and the woman Felner pushed as his interim replacement at CEHD.

Shortly before that conversation, Stiglitz sent two text messages at 7:40 P.M. to Secretary of State Trey Grayson. According to Grayson, one message was to alert him that there was a federal investigation at UofL. Stiglitz is involved with the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky which Grayson chairs. She’s also a former employee of the Department of Education (see reports on the linked site) where she had a working relationship with the Secretary’s office.

Grayson revealed to us that in one of the messages Stiglitz asked for a recommendation for an attorney “for a friend” – someone who was experienced at the federal level.

And on 06/21 at 3:04 P.M., Stiglitz made a 3-minute telephone call to the main number of Governor Steve Beshear’s office. This call took place on a Saturday afternoon, the day after the UofL raid. No idea why anyone would call the governor’s office on a Saturday afternoon unless that office was circling the wagons for higher education.  Or if Stiglitz was attempting to reach out to the new administration, warning them much as she did with others.

Here (PDF Link) are the 11 pages of records obtained through our request.

This story is getting too complicated and awkward. We’re left with far too many questions.