Heather Bresch didn’t earn MBA from WVU, report says
By Emily Corio
Mylan COO Heather Bresch, the daughter of Governor Manchin, did not earn an MBA degree from West Virginia University, and WVU administrators showed “seriously flawed” judgment in awarding Bresch that degree.
That’s the conclusion of a report by a panel of five investigators, released today by WVU. The report severely criticizes WVU Provost Gerald Lang and business school dean Steve Sears for granting Bresch a business degree retroactively, even though they had no grounds to do so.
But the report recommends no disciplinary action against anyone involved. It also says the controversy is not a sign of deeper problems at the school.
Instead, it says that administrators rushed to protect Bresch and themselves from media scrutiny, after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette started asking questions about Bresch’s degree.
Bresch maintains she was given the OK to have work experience count for credit. The Post-Gazette reported she was 22 credit hours short of obtaining her degree.
Mylan Inc. is a major contributor to the WVU school of business.
Bresch is also a friend of WVU President Mike Garrison. The report says there was pressure from Lang and the president’s office to help Bresch.
The criticism stems from an Oct. 15 meeting where WVU officials decided to grant Bresch the degree retroactively. Also attending were Sears, WVU chief of staff Craig Walker, general counsel Alex Macia, communications director Bill Case and three others from business school.
“The panel believes the prevailing sentiment at the meeting, evinced by the actions and comments of the provost and the representatives of the president’s office, was that a way should be found to justify the granting of the degree, if at all possible,” the report says.
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