Résumé Scrutiny

By Kevin Kiley

There are probably a few academics who have looked up old journal articles by their universities’ presidents to get a sense of their leaders’ intellectual development. But at Kean University, the archive search is far from an academic pursuit.

When he applied for a faculty position in the master of public affairs program at Kean in 1983, Dawood Y.…

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Star Ledger Editorial: Investigation of Kean president the best way to settle dispute

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

The last thing New Jersey needs is another public official lying about his past. We’ve had our fill of people who should know better than to shade the truth to their advantage, followed by the tepid non-apology when they get caught. It usually begins “Mistakes were made … ”

That’s why it’s disheartening to hear the faculty union charges against Kean University president Dawood Farahi.

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Kean’s president blames staff for errors as university’s reputation continues to falter

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

Although there is a firestorm surrounding Kean University President Dawood Farahi and whether he lied on his resumes or not, the smoking gun might be found in how the school compares to other New Jersey state universities.

After remaining mum on the entire issue revolving around allegations by the Kean University Federation of Teachers that the university president falsified his academic credentials, Farahi admitted last week in a Star-Ledger interview that some errors were made on his resumes.…

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Editorial: The Farahi Syndrome

Union County LocalSource

Dawood Farahi. By now we would hope most residents of Union County, as well as all of your senators, assemblymen and local representatives, are well aware of this man. He has been the president of Kean University since 2003, earned $293,000 a year in that time, and helped increase the school’s debt from $48 million to over $350 million.…

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Kean president says resume errors were made by university staff

By Nic Corbett/The Star-Ledger

UNION — While the governing board at Kean University has launched an investigation about false claims on his resume, university president Dawood Farahi has acknowledged for the first time that some mistakes were made.

In a recent interview, Farahi said even though there were some errors listed on past resumes, he was not responsible.…

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Kean University Union Calls on Governor for External Investigation

Allegations of resume fraud risk further accreditation, NCAA sanctions

UNION, NJ…The Kean University full-time faculty and professional staff union has released a letter today calling for Governor Chris Christie to convene an independent investigation into allegations that Kean President Dawood Farahi has falsified his professional and academic credentials dating back to his application for employment in 1982.…

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Farahi’s resumes: The cause for concern

Multiple documents cite different dates, places and names for entries

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

Six resumes used by Kean University President Dawood Farahi since 1982 show numerous questionable or fraudulent changes on entries for publications, academic positions, dissertation, undergraduate degrees and the Fulbright scholarship he maintains he received.

Farahi took over as president of the state university in 2003, earning $293,000 annually, with bonuses.…

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Letters from schools show no record of Kean president’s publication claims

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

Kean University President Darwood Farahi is being investigated by the university’s board of trustees amid allegations that he falsified his academic credentials.

A copy of a letter dated Dec. 16 obtained by LocalSource from Kean Board of Trustees Chair Ada Morell to Kean Federation of Teachers President James Castiglione backed up that the board was reviewing information the union provided at the end of November.…

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Kean U. Board Investigates Allegations About President

The board of Kean University is investigating allegations of false statements on the résumé of Dawood Farahi, the president, The Wall Street Journal reported. The faculty union at Kean has questioned whether Farahi falsely claimed to have written more than 50 articles, including some allegedly published in journals that do not exist. Professors at Kean have had numerous conflicts with Farahi, and have charged that he does not respect the faculty role in governance, and that his priorities don’t reflect academic needs at the New Jersey institution.…

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Kean U. Board Investigates President Over Alleged Spurious Credentials

Kean University’s Board of Trustees is looking into assertions by the institution’s faculty union that Kean’s president falsified his résumé. According to The Wall Street Journal, the university’s board chairwoman wrote a letter to the Kean Federation of Teachers saying that the board’s executive committee was examining “serious issues” raised by the union. The union has contended that the president, Dawood Farahi, falsely claimed to have published more than 50 articles in “major publications” and lied when he claimed to have served as acting dean at Avila University before taking over as president of Kean, in 2003.…

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Kean University Union releases findings challenging President’s resume claims

Calls on Kean Trustees to initiate an independent, academic investigation

UNION, NJ…The Kean University full-time faculty and professional staff Union has presented evidence of suspected fraud by President Dawood Farahi, the latest in a series of scandals that have plagued his presidency, and is calling for a full and independent investigation by the Kean University Board of Trustees, according to Union President Dr.…

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New Scrutiny for President of Kean University

The federation, which represents 480 professors, professional staff and librarians, has accused Mr. Farahi of falsely stating that he published “over 50 technical articles in major publications”—including journals that the union claims don’t exist.

The union also alleged that Mr. Farahi, who is originally from Afghanistan and has strong political ties in Union County, lied about serving as an acting dean at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.,…

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The lying king of Kean

Teacher’s union alleges school president falsified credentials

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

Kean University President Dawood Farahi allegedly falsified his academic credentials in a series of deliberate misrepresentations prior to being hired in 2003, according to a recent letter sent to the Kean University Board of Trustees.

The Kean Federation of Teachers, which is calling for an independent investigation by the university board of trustees, supplied the information in a letter dated Nov.…

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The Kean mutiny: Faculty fights back

Teachers upset over direction of school, soaring debt; point finger at university president

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

UNION — There has been a lot of change at Kean University since Dawood Farahi took over as president in 2003, including soaring debt that went from $48 million to $350 million in just six years and faculty that gave their leader an 83 percent no confidence vote in fall of 2010.…

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Kean of the hill

Sources at school raise questions about influence of Sen. Lesniak
By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

Kean University officials denied this week that powerful state Sen. Ray Lesniak wields too much influence at the Union-based college, despite what some faculty members maintain.

Lesniak, who did not respond to repeated phone calls seeking comment, has his sister and his nephew’s former wife on the Kean payroll.…

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