Dean During Degree Scandal Is Leaving WVU

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- A key player in the 2007 master's degree scandal involving Gov. Joe Manchin's daughter is leaving West Virginia University.

Former Business School Dean R. Stephen Sears, who stepped down from that post last year, has accepted a job at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

The Texas school's web site says he will be Dean of the A.R. Sanchez School of Business and teach finance.

A spokeswoman says that Sears starts work Aug. 17.

Former WVU President Mike Garrison resigned and former Provost Gerald Lang gave up his administrative post after investigators found that Mylan Inc. Executive Heather Bresch was wrongly awarded a retroactive degree.

The panel said Sears and others showed "seriously flawed judgment" in altering Bresch's transcript.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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