WVU Provost, business dean resign over Heather Bresch scandal

Update: They haven’t resigned entirely — they plan to teach at WVU instead:

https://wvpubcastnews.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/lang-sears-to-return-to-teaching-after-heather-bresch-scandal/

Now, two top WVU officials have resigned in the wake of the Heather Bresch MBA scandal.

WVU business dean Steven Sears announced Monday he was leaving the university. He joins West Virginia University Provost Gerald Lang, who says he will resign on June 30 for his role in awarding Mylan COO Heather Bresch a degree that an independent panel said she did not earn.

“I am very sorry that my one action in ratifying a dean’s decision in a single situation has had a negative impact on the institution,” Lang wrote in a memo to WVU deans. “I love this place and would never intentionally take an action that would reflect negatively upon it.”

“I hope this decision will begin the healing process and focus attention onto the future,” he said.

It is the first resignation over the scandal. On April 22, a report by a panel of five investigators, was released that 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.

The report said Bresch, the daughter of Governor Joe Manchin, did not earn an MBA degree from West Virginia University, and WVU administrators showed “seriously flawed” judgment in awarding Bresch that degree.

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3 Comments on “WVU Provost, business dean resign over Heather Bresch scandal”

  1. Bud Says:

    Dr. Lang has shown courage by resigning over this terrible blow to WVU. Will Mr. Garrison do the same or will he try to spin the situation and call in BOG favors? He is a Lobbyist after all. Will those on the BOG who value the integrity of higher education do what is right and seek Mr. Garrison’s resignation? Will the BOG listen to the faculty and replace Mr. Garrison with a qualified University President? Will the State of West Virginia ever been seen by the rest of the county as anything more than a back-door political machine?

  2. henry g. Says:

    WVU is now the laughing stock from coast to coast as a jerkwater university. Two heads down and at least seven more to go. The inescapable conclusion is that no intelligent person can believe in WVU now until President Garrison either resigns or is forced to resign.
    He should resign voluntarily and let us hope we can restore integrity to this university.

  3. TOM W. WVU '59 Says:

    SICKENED AND DISAPPOINTED THAT IN THE 50 YEARS SINCE I WAS A FRRESHMAN MOUNTAINEER WVU WAS FINALLY ACHIEVING VICTORY OVER THE NATIONAL STEROTYPES HURLED AT HER. ONCE AGIAN WE ARE SUBJECT TO RIDICULE. THE WV DEMOCRATS CANNOT RISE TO A LEVEL OF APPROPRIATENESS WHEN TEMPTED BY GREED AND BACKWATER POLITICS. NOW I BEGIN AGAIN TO DEFEND MY DEGREES AGAINST THOSE WHO CHIDE SUCH ARE SECOND CLASS AND OUTSIDE REAL ACADEMIC VALUE. GARRISON IS A SHAME TO US ALL; NEITHER ARE THE GOVERNOR AND THOSE INVOLVED. MOUNTAINEERS ARE FREE….AND CAN BE BOUGHT!


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