January 18th, 2005


Ummm ... scary ?

Edit-an-ohnosecond-after-posting: Forgot the link.

Laura L. Callahan was very proud of her Ph.D. When she received it a few years ago, she promptly rewrote her official biography to highlight the academic accomplishment, referring to it not once or twice but nine times in a single-page summary of her career. And she never let her employees at the Labor Department, where she served as deputy chief information officer, forget it, even demanding that they call her “Doctor.”

Of course, the degree was, to put it mildly, a bit light on the "original contribution to human knowledge" front :

It turns out that Callahan’s phony diplomas from Hamilton were backdated. Hamilton boasts on its Web site that it can “custom tailor” degree programs “to meet the needs” of busy professionals. Callahan’s advanced degrees were required for her Labor promotions as well as her Homeland Security transfer. Her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees officially were conferred in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively.

And yes, she later worked in the USA Department of Homeland Security, as deputy chief information officer. Apparently, hundreds of others in important departments (Defense, Homeland Security, Transportation, Justice) also have various sorts of false qualifications.
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