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Christie must remove Kean University’s President Dawood Farahi

This past week, the students at Kean University protested the action of the Trustees with a controlled demonstration on campus. The faculty has gone on record months ago, demanding Farahis’s resignation. Now, we have a University President who has neither the support of the faculty nor the students. It is obviously time for the Governor to step in and remove Farahi from this highly paid public job. The taxpayers are spending nearly three hundred thousand dollars per year for a fraudulent administrator who has betrayed all of New Jersey.

During this time of fiscal restraint, we cannot afford to waste taxpayer dollars on such a fiasco.

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Comments (7)
7 Friday, 07 September 2012 08:35
Disclosed
Kean University is a great school with a bunch of hard working dedicated professors. The University should not fall because of one single person. People make mistakes. Learn to Forgive,Forget and MOVE ON.
6 Sunday, 13 May 2012 17:28
Thomas More
As reported by the WSJ today, the president/CEO of YAHOO was fired by the YAHOO board within a week of the disclosure of the top manager's academic fraud. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304192704577402224129006022.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

Perhaps the Kean University Board of Trustees should look to the private sector for guidance in matters of integrity.
5 Monday, 27 February 2012 19:48
Thomas More
In examining the Trustees' behavior I have this question:

Is the Board Chair this same Ada Morell http://www.legistorm.com/person/Ada_Morell/80560.html ?

If so, Ada Morell co-owns AM Title with US Rep Albio Sires, who happens to be paying Ms. Morell (his business partner) as a congressional staffer, using Federal funds.

The Board Chair must find it difficult to keep everything straight with such varied responsibilities. Perhaps dissenting board members would want to avoid being tainted by behavior that might remotely be interpreted as unethical.
4 Monday, 27 February 2012 18:39
Dr. Eric W.A. Boehm
In my fifth year at Kean, as an assistant professor of micobiology, I was denied tenure by this very man. I had 17 peer-reviews publications, three of which were done wholly at Kean. In top journals w/ high citation indices. My website www.eboehm.com documents my student research program at Kean. I served as PI and was awarded a $300,000 federal grant by the NSF which went to Kean. I had outstanding student and peer teaching evaluations. I had the full support of the KFT teachers union. My crime? I strongly disagreed w/ the President regarding the break up of the biology department. I had 126 students write to the president on my behalf. I remember well Farahi's reaction to these letters of support. Farahi said they counted for nothing because they came from "little people". This man is a disgrace to the acdemic community and should be sacked immediately. He is highly vindictive, rude, and a fraud in the deepest sense. The Board should also be dismissed, as clearly they do not have the interests of the students at heart. Let us remember that Farahi tecieved an %83 vote of no confidence by the faculty in 2010. Kean has become the laughing stock of NJ public education, as a result of the reckless actions taken by this man. Shame!
3 Thursday, 23 February 2012 01:19
Don B. Naive
Christie has no interest and no power to intervene in Lesniak's district. Further, Christie has no legal standing to override decisions of the inside board at Kean. Tom Kean Jr. has no power in Lesniak's district (Kean Jr. is a business partner of Lesniak's) or at Kean despite the fact the Kean family name adorns the university. Stop knocking on wood.
2 Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:51
bpaterson
hey the guy could be a murderer, but as long as he imporved the college over the years he is perfectly acceptable as a New Jersey Leader. Makes perfect sense in the state we are in.
1 Tuesday, 21 February 2012 17:12
Justhinking
Governor Christie, in a recent taped TV interview, justified his veto of the NJ legislature's approval of a same-sex marriage bill by stating that he "would never compromise principle for politics."

Christie's silence on the documented fraud involving Kean's Farahi, however, and his likely inaction now that the Board of Trustees has called for getting on with business--a position echoed in a Star Ledger editorial--could have everything to do with compromising principle for politics.

Dismissing Farahi would discredit the most publicize implementation of Chistie's animus toward teachers and unions at the level of higher education in NJ. Farahi's open contempt for his faculty and his dismissive attitude toward the demands of teaching and scholarship make him a poster president for Chistie's demagogic scapegoating approach to education reform.

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