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President of New York Catholic university resigns amid corruption charges

May 03, 2013

The president of St. John's University in New York is stepping down after being accused of financial improprieties.

Father Donald Harrington announced on May 3 that he would leave the presidency in July. His chief of staff, Rob Wile, who was also charged with misuse of university funds, will also resign.

The resignation of Father Harrington follows the suicide of a former dean at the school. Cecilia Chang took her own life during a trial in which she was accused of fraud. Father Harrington and Wile were both implicated in the case, having reportedly accepted expensive gifts from Chang and approved her inflated expense accounts.


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 07, 2013 10:22 PM ET USA

    Harrington and Wile sold out cheap. I recall the ironic words of the fictional St Thomas More to his betrayer, Richard Rich: "Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - May. 06, 2013 4:05 PM ET USA

    The press release is as much a smackdown of Father’s enemies as it is a celebration of Father’s skills and knowledge. It appears to me to be a clumsy swipe at Father's detractors. By using a press release to elbow Father's enemies, Cardinal Dolan calls attention to a matter that really should be left behind closed doors.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 04, 2013 5:17 PM ET USA

    "Prayer and reflection" always seem to occur after a scandal becomes public,never before involvement in the misdeed.