Navy Graduate School’s Leaders Fired Over Foundation Gifts

The top two administrators at the Naval Postgraduate School have been fired, in part for inappropriately accepting gifts from a private foundation that supports the Monterey, Calif., institution, the Associated Press writes. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s move followed a report by the service’s inspector general accusing the school’s president, Daniel Oliver, and provost Leonard Ferrari of mismanagement.

According to the probe, Mr. Oliver, a retired vice admiral and the school’s president since April 2007, solicited gifts from the foundation such as a gas grill and patio furniture for his campus residence, and he and Mr. Ferrari, provost since mid-2006, arranged for the organization to cover expenses for themselves and staff and faculty members. Mr. Oliver was also accused of circumventing federal hiring rules by arranging for an employee to be paid as a contractor in order to boost her compensation.

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