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

(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.”

Naval Postgraduate School President Daniel Oliver speaks at the Second Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit in Monterey, Calif.
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)
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