Former VP of Administration Seeks Employment as Creative Writer; Highly Experienced!

As unemployment continues to hover around ten percent (if you are an optimist) or seventeen percent (if you are a realist), a job hunter might do well to ask herself if what she puts on her resume matters. Selling oneself in a buyer’s market is after all easier said than done, so when the rejection slips start piling up, or, as is the modern “human resources” response to applicants, the lack of rejection slips or indeed any notification whatsoever keeps her in-box empty, the huntress may wonder if she should burnish the arrows in her experiential quiver.

Padding a resume, or curriculum vitae as we in the academy call this autobiographical novella, is irresistible for a certain kind of would-be employee. Every conference attended, every membership on every committee, every letter written to the editor, every scrap of recognition earned since and including the perfect attendance ribbon at Sunday school is painstakingly recorded to document what a great hire the applicant would be. One is tempted to feel sympathy for a search committee charged with the soporific task of finding successful keepers amidst the losing weepers in the avalanche of enhanced resumes it receives for any given position, or to forgive the committee if in its puffery-induced somnolence it fails to assign a reject to its proper pile.

Such might be the case for the Texas A&M committee that recommended Alexander Kemos be hired as associate executive vice president for operations in February 2009. Mr. Kemos was quickly promoted to senior vice president for administration in March of that same year. Now, just a little over a year later, he’s in so tight with the president to whom he reports that the two are off vacationing together in Maine. Cozy. Or at least it was until Mr. Kemos abruptly resigned in order to fulfill an irresistible “desire to spend more time with his family.” So said A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.

Why the sudden familial urge? It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the recent discovery that Mr. Kemos possessed neither the Master’s degree nor the Ph.D. in international relations he claimed to have earned from Tufts University. And I seriously doubt his need to have more quality time with his kids was in any way related to the other fabrication on his resume, his service as an elite Navy SEAL.

Alexander Kemos and his impressive resume.

At the time of his employment at Texas A&M, the faux Dr. Kemos must have seemed nothing short of dreamy. Supposedly fluent in Greek, Arabic and French, he must have looked like a quite a catch. His impressive academic credentials, moreover, probably had faculty members on the search committee squealing with delight. Clearly it did not occur to them to wonder why anyone genuinely in possession of the phony Dr.’s alleged bona fides would take—or want—a job that entailed ensuring the “management, oversight and strategic planning in areas such as facilities and operations, governmental affairs, athletics, transportation services, dining services, marketing and communications, and university advancement.”

But, then, again, perhaps search committee members truly believed that a Ph.D. in diplomacy was a requirement for the position, given its specifics: “engage the Office of the Executive Vice President for Operations into academic discussions related to construction, facilities, research, real estate and physical plant priorities, as well as maintain and build relationships with stakeholders across the University.” Anybody who has ever tried to have a rational discussion about office space with a faculty member knows that not only diplomatic skills but also the training a SEAL receives will come in handy.

You misunderstood when I said I was a trained seal!

The reports out of Texas do not make it clear if Mr. Kemos remains employed by Texas A&M, only that he is no longer its senior vice president. If he is indeed unemployed, I hope he has a pleasant summer with his family. Maybe he can squeeze in some “me time” to work on his resume.

In the meantime, for those among us who do not lie about our credentials, searching for a new job just got a little harder.

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4 thoughts on “Former VP of Administration Seeks Employment as Creative Writer; Highly Experienced!

  1. Assuming there actually was a genuine search committee it’s probably a pretty safe bet that nobody on it spoke French, Greek or Arabic, or had ever been in the navy. Now I know what I’m about to say may shock you, but isn’t it possible that, um, the “interview” was, ah, sort of a goin’ through the motions kinda thing? Now I know things like that hardly ever happen in the public sector, but still it’s possible, isn’t it? It seems likely to me that one of your garden variety academics might have become incensed at some real or perceived slight inflicted by the not so good VP Kemos and still being a bit steamed that he/she hadn’t been appointed to the search committee embarked, or had a grad student embark, on a little research project? I can almost seem the triumphant gleam in Professor Manwaters good eye when he delivered his denouement (yes I had to look it up in the dictionary).

  2. Kemos the fake Navy SEAL is currently listed on LinkedIN as a venture capitalist or some such nonsense. According to he resides in Kennebunkport, Maine.

    Not only did he have a fake Masters, fake Doctorate and fake Navy SEAL experience, but he fired real people at Texas A&M, and deined real students letters of recommendation to apply for the Navy SEAL program because: Kemos knew he himself was a fake SEAL.

    I myself do not hope he has a pleasant time with his family as you wish him; I would like to see this liar in jail.

    A 23 year old kid named Adam Wheeler is currently in jail facing 20 criminal counts and up to 50 years in prison for allegedly faking his way into Harvard and collecting $45,000 in financial aid – an amount that pales in comparison to the $300,000+ haul that Kemos at TAMU made off with as a fake SEAL.

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