West Virginia University dean resigns in degree scandal

The Associated Press
Monday, April 28, 2008; 9:48 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The dean of West Virginia University's College of 
Business and Economics is resigning in the wake of a scandal over a degree 
awarded to the governor's daughter.

The school announced R. Stephen Sears' departure Monday morning.

He is the second high-ranking academic officer to leave in the case, 
following the announcement Sunday that Provost Gerald Lang is resigning.

An investigating panel concluded last week that WVU administrators used 
severely flawed judgment last fall when they retroactively awarded a degree 
to Heather Bresch that she didn't earn. Bresch is the daughter of West 
Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

Tod Chernikoff, CRM 

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