Navy Fires Free-Spending Grad School Chiefs
NPS president created 'atmosphere of defiance'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 12:17 AM CST
Naval Postgraduate School President Daniel Oliver speaks at the Second Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit in Monterey, Calif.    (AP Photo/US Navy, MC2 Kellie Arakawa)

(Newser) – The Navy has fired the top two administrators at the Naval Postgraduate School after finding things far from ship-shape at the California institution. Daniel Oliver, the first civilian president in the school’s 61-year history, was fired along with its provost for financial mismanagement and fostering an "atmosphere of defiance" of Navy rules, the AP reports.

A Navy investigation found that Oliver had inappropriately accepted gifts from a private foundation that supports the school and circumvented salary caps. The probe was sparked by reports from whistleblowers offended by the free-spending culture that had developed at the school. "It’s amazing: Lifestyles of the rich and famous out there,” a former NPS official tells the Navy Times. “They’re buying fancy iPads and fancy phones and fancy furniture. They’re all kind of lining their own nest.”