…and she makes you look like the small-time petty thief that you are. All you faculty-wannabes out there who aspire to a career in higher education take note. If your career path includes embezzlement, you’d do well to consider the shining example of banker-turned-academic Karen Pletz.
From the March 31 Kansas City Star:
former president of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences president Karen Pletz today was named in a 24-count indictment alleging she embezzled more than $1.5 million from the university, made false statements on her tax returns and engaged in money laundering.
Not part of the indictment–nor illegal in any way–are the questionable employment opportunities that Pletz made available. Standing tall for women in the workplace, and acting as a one-woman affirmative action employer, Ex-President Pletz hired not only her daughter, who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, but also the daughter-in-law of her trusted Vice President of Institutional Advancement Douglas Dalzell–you know who that is, don’t you? The head fundraiser, of course. The one who apparently directed a staff member at the University to keep the books of his son’s Kansas City restaurants.
Says former-president-soon-to-be-convicted felon Pletz, in the February 7 Star,
“I believe we operated with integrity, and I will stand by that always,” she said. “We don’t give jobs to people who aren’t qualified or aren’t committed or aren’t weighed against other people.”
And I’ll bet her daughter’s qualifications were held up to scrutiny in a nationwide search. The Star story continues:
“It’s a very family-oriented institution,” Karen Pletz said. “Osteopathic medicine has always been about family.”
That would be the Corleone Family.
Soon to follow: the continuing saga of Embezzlement Queen Karen.