Matt Arnold, a candidate for the Colorado Board of Regents says it is “irrelevant” that he pretended to have a master’s degree he didn’t actually earn. He also says those who are worried by this fake degree are focusing on “minutiae.”

According to an article by Lynn Bartels in The Denver Post:

A Republican running to sit on the governing board at the University of Colorado has erroneously told voters he has a master’s degree in international economics from a prestigious East Coast university.

“I was more interested in getting on with my life than trying to, quite frankly, waste more time in pursuit of academic BS that no one cares about,” he said.

Yea, this is from a guy who’s running for the board of regents.

Arnold attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies for a year. He never completed his thesis, however, and didn’t earn a master’s degree.

As of today his website says he “ventured to Bologna, Italy for graduate school before returning to Washington, DC to complete his studies.” This is still not really accurate, since he “completed” his studies only in that he stopped attending school; he never finished the program.

Daniel Luzer

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