Low Quality Management

And in other—dramatically less controversial—university firings, Walter Robinson of the Boston Globe reports that,

Dr. Robert J. Gee, whose lavish spending and fiscal stewardship at the Falmouth-based National Graduate School of Quality Management have spawned three separate inquiries, has been -removed as the college’s president by the board of trustees, the school informed its staff yesterday.

Gee earned a $732,891 salary in 2009. The college also paid his wife $100,000 year and gave the couple two Mercedes-Benzes to use.

The board’s decision to fire Gee apparently came out of fear that accreditors would raise concerns about the president’s compensation.

Gee founded the National Graduate School of Quality Management, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 1994. It has about 400 students who “take undergraduate and graduate courses around the country in total quality management, to more efficiently manage production and manufacturing processes,” according to Robinson.

Tuition for some programs runs to $39,000.

Daniel Luzer

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