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From the official City Web site bio of our City Manager:
"Dr. Riviere majored in Economics at the University of Washington, obtained an MBA from American Graduate University and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Pacific Western University."
From this it is unclear exactly how many credits DOCTOR Reviere actually took at the University of Washington.
Sounds like he didn't graduate.
Then where exactly did the BS or BA degree come from?
American Graduate University is an online degree mill dispensing credentials to anyone with a check.
So much for the MBA.
Here is Wikipedia on Pacific Western U.:
"Pacific Western University, also called American PacWest International University and registered with the business name Pacific West University (Hawaii) was an unaccredited institution based in Hawaii that was closed in 2006 following a lawsuit filed by the State of Hawaii a year earlier.
Pacific Western University (Hawaii) was incorporated in Hawaii in 1988. According to the State of Hawaii, it enrolled fewer than 25 state residents, but used several websites (including www.apiu.ws, www.open-universities.com, www.warwicks.com and www.imed-pwu.com) to enroll distance education students from other places.
In 2005, the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection brought a lawsuit against the institution, alleging that it misrepresented itself to prospective students and committed several other violations of state law.
On May 9, 2006, a state court ruled in favor of the state agency, ordering Pacific Western to cease operation and assessing a civil penalty of $500,000."
Hence the dubious PhD!
While Florida seems to be a powerful magnet for individuals boasting factitious academic credentials, could it be that our esteemed City Council has selected a person to mange our island -- with a most generous package of salary & benefits -- possessed legitimately of little more than a High School diploma?
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