Congratulations to Professor Sylvia Nasar for standing up for what’s right.
The Washington Free Beacon reports.
Professor Sues Columbia Over Misuse of Endowment Funds
Tenured journalism professor Sylvia Nasar filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Columbia University of misusing $4.5 million in funds over the past 10 years, according to the New York Times.
Nasar, the author of the book “A Beautiful Mind,” is particularly concerned about $1.5 million meant to improve the journalism school’s teaching of business.
According to the 27-page complaint, the journalism school created a professorship in 1998 using a $1.5 million grant from the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support high quality journalism. Columbia was expected to match the grant.
Terms of the agreement called for Columbia to pay the professorship’s salary on its own, and use foundation funds for additional salary and benefits, like research. …
Ms. Nasar said in the suit that over time she spent $174,000 of her own money for research and other expenses. She is asking for punitive damages.
An audit revealed that nearly $4.5 million in funds had been misappropriated.
Professor Sues Columbia Over Misuse of Endowment Funds (The Washington Free Beacon)