From the April 29 update on nj.com:
The recently-resigned president of Gloucester County College Dr. Russell A. Davis has been charged by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office with 11 counts of forgery.
The charges were served on Dr. Davis when he agreed to appear at the GCPO offices today. He was released on his own recognizance.
Ten of the charges accuse Davis, while he was employed by the college, of signing the name of a Gloucester County College official responsible for authorizing the submission of loan applications to the college pension fund. Pension funds allocated to Dr. Davis were, in fact, obtained, according to the prosecutor’s office.
An eleventh count alleges the same signature was forged for a hardship application to withdraw funds from Dr. Davis’ pension account. The acts alleged occurred between Feb. 9, 2010 and March 14, 2011, the prosecutor’s office said.
“There is no allegation that funds belonging to the college were taken and no indication of other criminal wrongdoing,” Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. “It should also be noted that the charges filed do not allege any misuse of the college president’s office to obtain pension funds.”
Stop for a moment and ponder Spokesman Weisenfeld’s comments, which you can also read on the Prosecutor’s Office website. To his credit, former President Davis did not engage in forgery to steal from the institution he led. He engaged in forgery to steal from…himself. I can’t decide if this is delicious or pathetic, but I know that somewhere there is a how-many-college-presidents-does-it-take-to-change-a-light-bulb joke just dying to be cracked. I think it would go something like this: How many New Jersey community college presidents does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None. They need it to be dark so that nobody will see them emptying the college’s coffers.